Mike Montgomery (Temporarily) Moved Back Into the Bullpen

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Mike Montgomery (Temporarily) Moved Back Into the Bullpen

Chicago Cubs

With two off-days bookending this series against the Nationals, the Cubs are going to skip a Mike Montgomery start.

Although I generally hate the idea of not giving everyone all the extra rest they can get when off-days come along, I’ve gotta say this time it makes plenty of sense, given that there are TWO off-days coming before you’d even get through the full rotation once.

And, as Andracki and Sharma point out, this will not only give the Cubs ability to use Montgomery out of the bullpen as necessary in these huge, tough games, it will also allow them to manage his innings a bit here down the stretch.

Also, I’d add: it could help get him re-acclimated to moving in and out of the rotation, which he may need to do some more as Yu Darvish readies to return in a few weeks. Eventually, it seems likely that Montgomery will be back in the bullpen by the time late September rolls around, at a minimum.

For now, Montgomery joins Jorge De La Rosa as the new lefties in the bullpen this weekend.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.