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Miguel Montero | Catcher | #47

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / ARZ
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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

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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

Cubs placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a back injury.

Montero came down with back stiffness earlier this week and hasn't made much improvement, but the Cubs will hope he only needs two weeks of rest. David Ross is starting behind the plate on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers and Tim Federowicz has been called up from the minors to handle some of the load behind the plate.
Apr 28 - 12:06 PM

Miguel Montero (back) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.

Montero's stiff back will get one more day of rest as the Cubs stick with the same lineup from Wednesday's rainout. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth against Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann.
Apr 28 - 10:28 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan