Miguel Montero C CHC 5 hours ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets.

This was to be expected, as David Ross has served as Jon Lester's personal catcher throughout the season and that isn't likely to change. Montero struck out multiple times in four of his final six games of June and finished the month with a .689 OPS, more than 100 points lower than his mark from May.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 days ago

Montero is out of the lineup Thursday.

It's just a normal day off for Montero as he has caught five of the last seven games. David Ross will get the start at catcher and hit seventh against the Dodgers.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

It's just standard rest for Montero, who has started seven of the last nine games for the Cubs. The 31-year-old has had an odd month so far in June, hitting .205 but with .477 slugging percentage thanks to four home runs.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero (back) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Indians.

Montero was scratched from Wednesday's lineup because of some back stiffness, but the issue must have subsided. He will catch Jason Hammel on Thursday, and will bat cleanup for the Cubs.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to back stiffness, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

David Ross will step in behind the plate as Kyle Schwarber moves up from the eight-hole in the batting order. Consider Montero day-to-day until more information becomes available.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds.

Montero typically gets a day off in favor of David Ross when Jon Lester is scheduled to take the mound, and that will once again be the case for the evening contest. Look for him to be available as a pinch-hitter, if needed.

Miguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored out of the cleanup spot in Wednesday's rout of Detroit.

Montero doesn't exactly scream "cleanup hitter," and you wouldn't think that he'd be the choice for that spot in this Cubs lineup, but he's seen a dozen games in the four-hole this year. The veteran backstop had been ice-cold recently -- over his last 17 games (13 starts), he'd gone just 5-for-52 (.096), with a pair of solo homers the only positive. He's a playable option at catcher, particularly in leagues that utilize OBP, but the two-time All-Star is probably not headed for the Midsummer Classic again this year.

Miguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Montero usually sits in favor of David Ross when Jon Lester starts for the Cubs, but with Chicago playing in Detroit on Tuesday and getting to use a DH, Montero will be in the lineup even though Lester is on the mound. Montero will hit fifth against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.

Miguel Montero C CHC 4 weeks ago

Montero is out of the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

Montero's absence from the lineup Wednesday wasn't a surprise as David Ross serves as Jon Lester's personal catcher, but his second straight day off Thursday is a bit surprising. It's unclear why Montero will sit again, but he'll likely rejoin the lineup again Friday.

Miguel Montero C CHC 1 month ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

With Jon Lester on the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday, Montero will be held out in favor of Lester's personal catcher, David Ross. A day off for Montero probably is not the worst thing with him tallying just four hits since May 19.