Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery was removed before he even had the chance to throw a warm-up pitch. (Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery was removed before he even had the chance to throw a warm-up pitch. (Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs reliever injured, taken out of game before throwing single pitch


by - Senior Writer -

As if the recent personnel turnover for the Chicago Cubs' bullpen has not been severe enough, Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery exited Monday's game soon after entering in relief of starter Cole Hamels. With the Cubs taking on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Montgomery was brought in to relieve Hamels prior to the start of the bottom half of the fifth inning, but, before he even threw a warm-up pitch, Montgomery was pulled.

Montgomery seemed to notice that something was wrong once he toed the rubber for the first time and conferred with catcher Willson Contreras about it. The battery then motioned for a trainer in the Cubs' dugout to come out to the mound. Montgomery was removed soon afterward, and reliever Kyle Ryan took over for him. The Cubs announced later on that the left-handed Montgomery was taken out due to discomfort in his left middle finger. Chicago has endured a slew of injuries and roster changes in its bullpen unit this season, and losing Montgomery for any period of time would not help matters.

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