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Cubs Roster Moves: Mike Montgomery Added; Spencer Patton To Iowa

The Cubs made some roster shuffles before Friday's game.

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Mike Montgomery, acquired in trade from the Mariners Wednesday, was added to the Cubs 25-man roster and will be available for Friday's contest.

Spencer Patton, who did not pitch in any of the six games after the All-Star break, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Montgomery, according to the Cubs' transactions page (and they really must have liked that trade, as it's listed four times!).

The trade to the Mariners included Dan Vogelbach, who was on the Cubs' 40-man roster, so Montgomery takes that 40-man roster spot. By my count there is one open spot on the 40-man.

There's no word yet on Dexter Fowler, but here's some information:

Hopefully, Fowler is ready to start tonight's game. It's presumed that Albert Almora Jr. would be sent to Iowa with Fowler's activation, but then there's this tweet seen earlier Friday afternoon:

The plot thickens. Almora's likely still with the team just in case Fowler isn't quite ready to be activated. I'm posting this now because the info's out there. Other useful bits of information: