As the All-Star break wraps up, the Chicago Cubs will place catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list and recall prospect Kyle Schwarber, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo:
Miguel Montero out w/thumb injury, so @Cubs will call up @kschwarb12 to join team tomorrow in Atlanta. More to come on @mlb.com— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) July 16, 2015
This will be Schwarber's second trip to the majors this season, he was 8-for-22 with a triple and a home run in six games during a call up last month in which he served as the Cubs' DH on a road trip to Cleveland and Minnesota.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber was the No. 49 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, and has hit .323/.430/.591 with 16 home runs in 75 games this year between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He played at three different levels during his first pro season last year, getting as high as High-A Daytona and hitting .344/.428/.634 with 18 home runs in 72 games.
As for Montero, he will see a hand specialist Friday to get more details on the thumb injury that has forced him to the disabled list, according to Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles:
#Cubs to recall Schwarber tomorrow. Montero to go on DL and see hand specialist and expected to be out more than 15 days.— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 16, 2015
Montero has played 73 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .230/.337/.392 with 10 home runs. Along wth Schwarber, the Cubs' catching duties will be assumed by backups David Ross and Taylor Teagarden while Montero is out.
Whether Schwarber stays with the Cubs after Montero's return is yet to be seen, but for now he becomes the latest in a stream of highly-touted hitting prospects to arrive on the north side of Chicago this season.