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Miguel Montero | Catcher | #47

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / ARZ
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Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either. Jun 25 - 8:44 PM

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Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Jun 25 - 12:35 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Friday.

Montero is still dealing with some soreness in his right knee from a play at home plate on Wednesday. The Cubs don't want to push things, but he is available to pinch-hit. Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Friday versus Miami.
Jun 24 - 6:01 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Miguel Montero (knee) checked out fine in his post-game examination.

Sigh of relief for the Cubs. Montero was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after Brandon Moss slid into him on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Willson Contreras took his place at catcher, but Montero's examination turned up no tangible damage to the right knee and Maddon said that he will be utilized as normal moving forward. Contreras taking over the position might have to wait a little longer.
Jun 22 - 6:35 PM

Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Brandon Moss slid into Montero's legs while scoring on a Yadier Molina grounder in the top of the sixth inning. Willson Contreras entered the game at catcher and could suddenly be thrust into an everyday-like role if Montero's injury is at all serious. Look for an update after the game.
Jun 22 - 4:10 PM

Miguel Montero is in the Cubs' starting lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. David Ross will start behind the plate and catch John Lackey.
Jun 14 - 2:34 PM

Miguel Montero went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

His batting average was "up" to .227 after a good game Sunday, but with Tuesday's hitless performance Montero is now hitting .218/.347/.359 through 25 games. He remains the Cubs' primary backstop, but veteran David Ross, who is Jon Lester's personal catcher, has earned himself a few more starts with his .260/.360/.479 line this year. There's no indication that the team is contemplating a change, but it could become something closer to a platoon if Montero's offense continues to sag.
May 31 - 11:33 PM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk against the Brewers on Thursday.

The triple was his first since 2012 and seventh in 3,422 career at-bats. Montero is hitting just .207, but he has walked 12 times in 18 games. Since his back seems to be holding up fine, the Cubs could shed third catcher Tim Federowicz soon.
May 19 - 4:58 PM

Cubs activated C Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list.

Montero missed nearly three weeks with a vaguely described back injury. He had two singles in 10 at-bats on a recent minor league rehab assignment, and the 32-year-old is hitting .208/.316/.333 in 13 major league games this season. Montero will bat eighth and catch Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in his return to action Saturday.
May 14 - 10:54 AM

Miguel Montero (back) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Iowa.

The offensive results aren't really important given that Montero was able to catch six full innings with no apparent issues. He could be ready to go nine innings in his second rehab game and rejoin the Cubs by the end of the week. David Ross and Tim Federowicz have been filling in at catcher for first-place Chicago.
May 10 - 9:57 PM

Miguel Montero (back) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Iowa.

Montero is even going to catch in his rehab debut Tuesday night at Iowa. He should be ready to return from the disabled list later this week if he's able to avoid a physical setback on the farm. Montero was batting .208/.316/.333 with one home run and six RBI in 13 games before suffering a back injury.
May 10 - 4:46 PM

Miguel Montero (back) took batting practice and ran the bases Monday.

Montero is eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Cubs want him to go out on a minor league rehab assignment before returning. Still, it sounds like he could be back in the next week or so. The veteran backstop has been sidelined since April 25 with a back injury.
May 9 - 6:15 PM

Miguel Montero (back) took a round of batting practice and ran the bases on Monday.

It sounds like he's going to be allowed to skip a minor league rehab assignment and return from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday. Montero has been out since April 25 because of a back injury. David Ross is starting behind the plate Monday night.
May 9 - 3:32 PM

Miguel Montero (back) may not require a rehab assignment.

Montero was placed on the disabled list with a back issue last week but didn't show any ill effects at batting practice on Thursday, even hitting a few home runs. There's a good chance he'll return from the disabled list as soon as his 15 days are up. David Ross and Tim Federowicz have been sharing time behind the plate in his absence.
May 5 - 6:07 PM

Miguel Montero underwent an MRI for his back.

Montero has already been placed on the disabled list after experiencing a flareup of the chronic bulging disk issue that has bothered him since 2013. It sounds like this could be an extended absence. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will share time behind the plate, with prospect Willson Contreras waiting in the wings for a mid-summer callup.
Apr 28 - 1:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena