Miguel Montero C CHC 1 day ago

Montero is out of the lineup Friday, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

After a slow start Montero has now been out of the lineup on consecutive days, with Welington Castillo starting Thursday and Davis Ross catching Friday. There's plenty of reasons to expect Montero to play better over the rest of the season, but playing time is a slight issue at the moment.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 days ago

Montero is out of the lineup Thursday, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

He will get a day off behind the plate and Welington Castillo will take his place in the Cubs' lineup. Montero is hitting just .182 in 33 at-bats in the early going, but he does have a couple home runs and a 7:6 K:BB ratio.

Miguel Montero C CHC 4 days ago

Montero is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.

Montero will sit after starting four of the team's last six games, giving way to Welington Castillo behind the plate. While Montero has two hits, including a homer, in five at-bats against lefties so far this season, the Cubs figure to shield him from southpaws for the most part.

Miguel Montero C CHC 6 days ago

Montero will not be in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Montero will be rested a day after swatting his first two homers of the season in the Cubs' 11-inning victory over the Padres. David Ross will step in for Montero, who is batting just .174 with six RBI for the season even after Saturday's strong performance.

Miguel Montero C CHC 7 days ago

Montero went 2-for-4 Saturday with his first two home runs of the season and three RBI.

He doubled both his hit and RBI totals on the season, which tells you how slowly Montero's come out of the gate. Hopefully for his fantasy owners, Saturday's outburst signals the start of a hot streak.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero, who was out of the lineup Monday, continued his slow start to the season Tuesday, failing to get a hit in three at bats.

Montero has sat twice already this season, and is a combined 1-for-15 from the plate. He was acquired in the offseason to be the full-time starting catcher, but he's only getting on base 20 percent of the time. Expect Montero and Wellington Castillo to share time at catcher going forward, especially if Montero continues to struggle.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Montero was acquired over the offseason with the intention of serving as the club's primary catching option, but Monday now marks already the third time he'll sit in the team's first six games. The 31-year-old is just 1-for-12 with four strikeouts thus far, so it's possible he'll continue to lose playing time if the production doesn't improve. David Ross will start behind the plate Monday, batting seventh.

Miguel Montero C CHC 2 weeks ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, according to ESPN Chicago.

Montero will be held out in favor of Welington Castillo with left-hander Tyler Matzek on the mound for the Rockies. Montero is the Cubs' primary catcher, but all of he, Castillo, and David Ross have started a game this season, so his playing time could be irregular.

Miguel Montero C CHC 3 weeks ago

Montero is not in the lineup Sunday night against the Cardinals.

Montero was expected to serve as the Cubs' primary catcher this season, but manager Joe Maddon will instead roll with David Ross on Opening Night. It's a bit surprising to not see the extra left-handed bat Montero provides in the lineup against opposing starter Adam Wainwright, but look for the veteran to return to the starting lineup in short order.

Miguel Montero C CHC 1 month ago

Montero went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an error in a win over the White Sox on Friday. He has one RBI and is slashing just .152/.176/.303 this spring.

A veteran with a secure job does not need to have great March stats, but Montero's 12:1 K:BB ratio in 33 at-bats is a bit alarming. He should be the regular catcher all year, but with David Ross catching Jon Lester every fifth day and Welington Castillo still around, he may not get the at-bats of most of the top catchers.