Cubs activated OF Dexter Fowler from 15-day DL – Activated LHP Mike Montgomery – Optioned OF Albert Almora Jr. to Triple-A Iowa – Optioned RHP Spencer Patton to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs announced four roster moves prior to Friday’s opener in Milwaukee. Dexter Fowler and Mike Montgomery were added to the active roster. To make room for Fowler and Montgomery on the roster, Albert Almora Jr. and Spencer Patton were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
With Friday’s roster moves, the 25-man roster consists of 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers) and 12 position players. The 40-man roster remains unchanged and stands at 39 players.
The Cubs activated Dexter Fowler from the 15-day DL. Fowler was placed on the disabled list on June 20 (retroactive to June 19) with right hamstring soreness. Fowler missed more than a month with what was believed to be a mild issue with his hamstring.
Albert Almora Jr. was at Miller Park and worked with the trainers Friday afternoon on the field. It is rather rare to have a player that is going to be optioned to the minors travel with the team, get checked out and then be sent down. Almora Jr. appeared to be headed to the DL. He is dealing with an issue with his hip after running into the wall at Wrigley Field. Almora Jr. was optioned and not placed on the DL.
Mike Montgomery, 27, will wear uniform number 38. He was acquired Wednesday from Seattle, along with RHP Jordan Pries, for 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn.
Montgomery is 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA (16 earned runs in 61 2/3 innings) in 32 appearances, all but two in relief, with the Mariners this season. He has struck out 54 batters and walked only 18 in 61.2 innings, contributing to a 1.09 WHIP. Montgomery has limited left-handed hitters to a .164 batting average (11-for-67) and held all foes to a .220 average, a .294 on-base percentage and a .323 slugging percentage, good for a .617 opponent OPS.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound southpaw broke into the big leagues by making 16 starts with the Mariners last year, going 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA (46 earned runs in 90 innings) and two complete game shutouts. He has combined to go 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA (62 earned runs in 151 2/3 innings) in 48 major league outings, including 18 starts and 30 relief appearances.
Montgomery was originally selected by Kansas City in the supplemental first round (36th overall) of the 2008 Draft out of high school. He was acquired by Tampa Bay as part of the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals in December of 2012, and then acquired by Seattle for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez at the end of Spring Training, 2015.
Dexter Fowler, 30, on Wednesday played both games of a doubleheader in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, combining to go 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs.
Elected a starter to the NL All-Star team, Fowler is batting .290 (69-for-238) with 19 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games for the Cubs this season. He is hitting .312 (24-for-77) with a .391 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching and is batting .280 (45-for-161) with a .401 on-base percentage against right-handers. His .398 season OBP ranked ninth in the NL at the time of his injury.
Albert Almora Jr., 22, hit .265 (22-for-83) with seven doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in 34 for games for Chicago after he was selected from Iowa to make his Major League debut, June 7. He is batting .318 (68-for-214) with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 30 RBI in 55 games for Iowa this season.
Spencer Patton, 28, is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA (seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) in nine relief appearances spanning two stints with the Cubs this season. He has posted a 1.04 ERA (three earned runs in 26 innings) with eight saves in 26 relief outings for Iowa.