According to a report from Jonathan Mayo, the Cubs will call-up Kyle Schwarber on Friday when the team opens the second half in Atlanta.
The Cubs have not announced the move but it appears Miguel Montero will be placed on the DL. According to Bruce Miles, Montero is scheduled to see a hand specialist Friday and is expected to miss more than 15 days. Bob Nightengale reported Montero could be out six weeks.
Miguel Montero jammed his left thumb during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the White Sox before the break. Montero’s hand was wrapped the next day and the Cubs activated David Ross from the 7-day DL. The Cubs were reportedly set to have David Ross and Taylor Teagarden handle the catching duties if Montero had to go on the disabled list.
Joe Maddon indicated the Cubs would discuss the team’s catching options if Montero’s thumb injury was worse than originally diagnosed. Maddon said Schwarber was not part of the discussions as of Sunday.
The Cubs have not said what Kyle Schwarber’s role will be or how much time Miguel Montero is expected to miss.
During his six-games with the Cubs, Schwarber was 8-for-22 with a triple and a home run (.364/.391/.591/.982). Schwarber drove in six runs with a walk and eight strikeouts in 23 plate appearances.
According to reports from Carrie Muskat and Jesse Rogers, Kyle Schwarber will not be the Cubs everyday catcher. The Cubs will have three catchers on the active roster … David Ross, Taylor Teagarden and Kyle Schwarber.
Updated 2:58pm CDT – According to Gordon Wittenmyer, Kyle Schwarber will see time in the outfield during this call-up. Schwarber has not played in the outfield since last summer.
Several roster moves could be announced prior to Friday’s game. Again, the Cubs have not addressed the reports that the team has recalled Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa.