Checking Twitter before heading out for the morning workout, and we see that the Des Moines Register says Lou Montanez is coming up from Class AAA Iowa. Rick Brown of the Register got that from Iowa manager Bill Dancy, so you can book it:
We've also confirmed that this morning with various Cubs people. This is a move we suggested a couple weeks ago. Not that the Cubs listen to me or anything, or else they'd be leading the league in walks instead of being where they're at. We've got that covered in today's paper:
Montanez, 29, was the Cubs' first-round draft choice in 2000, the last draft Jim Hendry ran as scouting director. He didn't pan out as a shortstop and wound up in the outfield. He wound up in Baltimore along with a boatload of other former Cubs prospects. He saw action in 93 games over the previous three seasons putting up a line of .223/.257/.323 with 4 homers.
At Iowa this year, Montanez has a line of .369/.429/.573 for an OPS of 1.002. He has 5 homers and 43 RBI. As I tweeted yesterday from Boston, farm director Oneri Fleita tells me Brett Jackson is in Arizona rehabbing his left-hand injury and getting at-bats in a controlled situation. He should be ready to rejoin Class AA Tennessee later this week.
The Cubs will have to take somebody off the 40-man roster. They have a couple of 60-day DL candidates in Andrew Cashner and Brian Schlitter. The Montanez move was made necessary by Marlon Byrd going on the 15-day DL with facial fractures. The Cubs also are carrying 13 pitchers, so they'll move a reliever off the staff when they make the move official.
We'll come back with more from the ballpark later today.