And now... he’s going to get some more time off:
#Cubs news from Pittsburgh: Montgomery to DL (left shoulder inflammation). Chatwood to start Saturday. Rosario called up— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 17, 2018
Montgomery’s one-inning outing against the Nationals was last Saturday, August 11, so this DL stint was backdated three days (the maximum you can do that now) to the 14th.
I know that none of us are really too excited to see Tyler Chatwood start another game. In that same game Montgomery last threw, Chatwood also threw three innings and allowed three hits and two walks, with no runs. That’s an improvement over previous recent outings, so maybe, just maybe, he can turn in a good start Saturday.
Rosario will take over his previous spot in the bullpen, where he had been reasonably effective, except, like Chatwood, walked a few too many (5.2 per nine innings).
Hopefully, this is just a 10-day (or less) break for Montgomery and he can return and be effective, whether as a starter or in relief.
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