Miguel Montero has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back tightness. Although I was hoping to get an early glimpse of top prospect Willson Contreras, it appears the Cubs will go with the more experienced option in Tim Federowicz.
The 28 year old Federowicz has not appeared in a regular season game in the big leagues since 2011 with the Dodgers. In 11 games for Iowa, Federowicz has put up a .303 batting average with 1 homer and 6 RBI and an OBP of .415. So far this season, Miguel Montero has been servicable, batting .208 with 1 homer and 6 RBI.
By contrast, Willson Contreras has put up an impressive .375 average over 14 games for Iowa. Though it would have been exciting to see Contreras get some action in the bigs, Cubs fans should remain confident in Federowicz, a true catcher, and Ross for the time being.