15DMiguel Montero C CHC 7 days ago

Montero (back) was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero has been dealing with tightness in his back over the last three days, and it's apparently more severe than originally anticipated. He'll miss at least the next two weeks, while David Ross and Tim Federowicz, who was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday, figure to share the catching duties in his absence.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 7 days ago

Montero (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Brewers, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero's back tightened up due to cold weather prior to Tuesday's game, and he'll now be on the bench for a second straight contest after Wednesday's matchup was rained out. David Ross, who took Montero's place Tuesday, will again be behind the plate catching Jake Arrieta, who's coming off of a no-hitter in his last start.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago

Montero (back) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero, who was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to the ailment, doesn't believe the issue is serious, but the Cubs will give him the day off regardless. David Ross will garner another start behind the dish in his stead.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago

Montero, who was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, said his back just tightened up in the cold weather and doesn't believe this will be a DL situation, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

David Ross has started three of the last six games at catcher for the Cubs, as Montero's back, a .208 batting average and Ross' relationship with Jon Lester have contributed to make it an even split over the last week. However, Montero should turn things around at the dish, and is the Cubs catcher to own in single-season leagues.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 1 week ago

Montero (back) has been scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero was initially in Tuesday's lineup but his back stiffened up on him throughout the course of the day. According to Rogers, Montero started feeling some back stiffness over the weekend but was able to play through it up until Tuesday. David Ross will take Montero's plate behind the plate Tuesday and Montero should be considered day-to-day heading into Wednesday.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero will receive his typical day off with David Ross catching all of Jon Lester's starts. He will be available to pinch hit off the bench and is likely to return to the starting lineup for Saturday's game.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is not in Thursday's lineup for the series opener against the Reds, Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero will get the day off after catching all three games against the Cardinals this week. With Jon Lester on the mound Friday, it is unlikely that Montero starts again until Saturday since David Ross is Lester's personal catcher.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero did not start Saturday's game, and he will be held out Sunday for the second day in a row, which is not surprising considering fellow catcher David Ross is the personal catcher for Sunday's starter, Jon Lester. Montero owns an .882 OPS on the season, so he should be back in there Monday unless he is dealing with some sort of undisclosed issue.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs against the Reds on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran backstop's off to a nice start, having racked up four extra-base hits as well as four walks in his first five appearances on the season. It's nice to see him hitting .286 with six RBI and six runs early on, but don't get your expectations too high -- last year's output of .248 with 15 homers was his best since 2012, and not many catchers have banner offensive campaigns at age 32.

15DMiguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Montero has started the season on a hot note, already driving in five runs to go with three doubles and a home run, but he'll cede the start to David Ross with Jon Lester taking the ball Monday. Now that Kyle Schwarber is out for the season, Montero should slot into the lineup even more frequently when Lester isn't on the mound, especially if he can continue hitting like he has over the first week of the season.