Thursday July 16th, 2015

The Chicago Cubs will recall highly-touted prospect Kyle Schwarber for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves,​ according to

Schwarber will take the place of catcher Miguel Montero, who sustained a thumb injury this past weekend and will be placed on the disabled list. Montero will see a specialist and is expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days, according to Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat.

On Sunday, Schwarber was named MVP of the MLB All-Star Futures Game​. The 22-year-old was called up by the Cubs for a six-game stint as a designated hitter in June, which included a 4-for-5 performance in his second career game. 

The Cubs drafted Schwarber in 2014 as a catcher and he has played 52 games there in the minors this season with seven errors and 10 passed balls. Scouts have doubted whether he has the ability to be a long-term major-league catcher, and he has spent time at both DH and left field in the minors.  

TAYLER: Schwarber, Team USA coast in rout at Futures Game

When Chicago called up Schwarber in June, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told that the prospect still had to develop as a catcher before playing the position at the major-league level. According to Muskat, Schwarber will not be the Cubs' everyday catcher at this time.

In 17 games at Triple A this season, Schwarber has hit .333 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and 23 strikeouts. 

- Molly Geary

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