Cubs reportedly set to call up Willson Contreras
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs will call up Willson Contreras for Friday’s opener against the Pirates. The Cubs plan to stick with three catchers and Rosenthal does not know the corresponding roster move.
David Ross took a foul ball in the mask on Wednesday. Ron Coomer mentioned Thursday morning on 670 The Score that Ross was still feeling the after affects following the game. And Miguel Montero has been dealing with two bulging discs in his back.
The Cubs are currently carrying three catchers on the active roster: Miguel Montero, David Ross and Tim Federowicz.
In 54 games this season, Willson Contreras is hitting .350/.439/.591 with 16 doubles, three triples and nine home runs for a 1.030 OPS. Contreras has 28 walks and 32 strikeouts in 203 at bats with 120 total bases and 43 RBI.
Contreras extended his hitting streak to 20 games on Wednesday.
Willson Contreras is on the 40-man roster and is on an optional assignment. Contreras can replace a player that goes on the DL without a corresponding roster move.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs plan for Contreras to “gain experience and adjust to MLB environment.” Contreras will learn from Montero and Ross. David Ross will slide into the third catcher’s role.
Update 12:25pm CDT – Carrie Muskat confirmed the Cubs will designate Tim Federowicz for assignment to make room on the active roster for Willson Contreras.
— miguel montero (@miggymont26) June 16, 2016
Miguel Montero not only confirmed the call up, but also showed he’s a class act that only cares about winning.