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Montero says he's close, prompting question what do with Schwarber?

Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero, right, is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee, left, after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, May 4, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero, right, is congratulated by hitting coach John Mallee, left, after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, May 4, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has completed his rehab assignment in Arizona for a thumb injury and says he's ready to play.

He is expected to travel to Milwaukee where the Cubs will play a four-game series over the weekend, according to ESPN. Montero's injury occurred before the All-Star break and prompted Chicago to recall Kyle Schwarber, who has been a breath of fresh air and, more important, a big bat in the Cubs' lineup.

So the obvious question is: If Montero's a go, what does manager Joe Maddon do with Schwarber?

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One answer could be what he did with him for the first time Wednesday afternoon in a 3-2 win over Colorado -- play the catcher in left field.

That position switch was made possible because Maddon gave Jorge Soler, as well as shortstop Starlin Castro, the day off, so a spot in the outfield was open.

"If the situation comes up again I'll do it (again)," Schwarber told reporters after the 3-2 win over Colorado. "Whatever I can do to help the team I'll do it."

Montero is expected to get checked out by a specialist one last time, and if everything checks out, he wants back in the lineup.

The way Schwarber has swung the bat -- he was on base three more times Wednesday -- Maddon can't take him out of the lineup.

This will be interesting.

(h/t ESPN)