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Report: Miguel Montero to be DFA’d after calling out Jake Arrieta

Chicago Cubs backup catcher Miguel Montero reportedly will be designated for assignment in the wake of drama surrounding him calling out Jake Arrieta, per a team source.

Montero fanned the flames of controversy by calling out Arrieta after the Washington Nationals netted seven stolen bases in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss, saying in part: “That’s the reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took to the radio waves Wednesday morning to blast Montero for airing his grievances to the media, labeling the catcher as a “selfish player” for doing so.

“We win as a team and we lose at a team,” Rizzo said on WMVP-AM (1000). “When you start pointing fingers, I think that labels you as a selfish player.”

ESPN’s Buster Olney added in the wake of colleague Jesse Rogers reporting that the Cubs will call up Victor Caratini, who can play catcher, third base and first base, to replace Montero on the roster.

Obviously, this clubhouse drama is the last thing the Cubs need at this point of the season. While it hasn’t been a complete disaster, the Cubs have had a disappointing campaign as they defend their World Series title. The team sits at 39-38, one game back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers in the standings.

Removing Montero entirely from the equation at least to a large extent remedies the clubhouse drama surrounding the catcher’s candid and controversial remarks. Although it merits noting the Cubs have a lot of work ahead of them to completely right the ship.

[Hardball Talk]