Fair to punish Montero for being honest? (1:19)
Arrieta: 'Not upset or mad' at Montero (1:36)
Montero 'caught in moment' when criticizing Arrieta (1:11)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said a deciding factor in designating Miguel Montero for assignment was the youth in the clubhouse. He didn't think it set a good example to other players despite Jake Arrieta's insistence that he and Montero were ok.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the situation with Miguel Montero.

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Rodon returns from the DL

The White Sox reinstated LHP Carlos Rodon (biceps) from the 60-day disabled list, optioning RHP Juan Minaya to Triple-A Charlotte to make room. Chicago also transferred RHP Zach Putnam (elbow) to the 60-day DL after he underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

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Wade's future up in the air

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Sad news about former Mets, Cubs and Astros pitcher Anthony Young passing away at 51. He's remembered for losing a record 27 consecutive decisions -- let's see that get broken -- but was a better pitcher than his W-L record indicates. His career adjusted ERA was 100 -- exactly league average.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

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Stats & Info

Numbers don't lie with Miguel Montero

Montero blamed Jake Arrieta for the seven stolen bases the Cubs allowed Tuesday, but catching runners has been a problem for the catcher all season regardless of pitcher. The Cubs are expected to designate Montero for assignment on Wednesday.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will designate Miguel Montero for assignment and call up Triple-A catcher Victor Caratini, according to a source familiar with the situation. Montero publicly called out starter Jake Arrieta after Tuesday's game for allowing the Nationals to steal 7 bases, claiming he was slow to the plate. Montero is 0 for 31 throwing out would be base stealers this season.

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6hJesse Rogers

Montero let go by Cubs day after Arrieta blame

Catcher Miguel Montero was expected to be designated for assignment by the Cubs on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases against the Nationals.

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Central Division free-agency preview

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