Montero: "People can't handle the truth"


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Gary Vasquez - USA Today Sports
Gary Vasquez - USA Today Sports

Chicago Cubs backup catcher Miguel Montero was designated for assignment on Wednesday after he made some provocative comments about Jake Arrieta not helping him as the Nationals stole seven bases last night.

"It really sucked, because the stolen bases go on me," Montero said on Tuesday. "But when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time, so yeah, ‘Miggy can’t throw anyone out,’ but my pitchers don’t hold anyone on."

Montero wasn't ready to retract his comments about Arrieta after a day to sleep on it.

“Sometimes people can’t handle the truth,” Montero said via the Chicago Sun-Times. “That’s my biggest issue. I’m just straightforward, man, a straight shooter. I’m not going to say you’re pretty when you’re ugly.”

Montero said that he has already apologized to Arrieta.

“I actually called Jake to apologize for my comments, and he was fine,” Montero said. “He said, `You’re not wrong.’ “He [Arrieta] called me this morning when he found out the news and said he felt bad. It is what it is.”

Montero also shared that he called Theo Epstein this morning to thank him for his opportunity with the Cubs.

In 2017, Montero is batting .286 with four homers and eight RBI. Defensively, he didn't throw out a baserunner the entire season going a horrific 0-for-31.

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