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Cubs activate catcher Montero, decisions about to loom for Maddon

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 21: Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park May 21, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 21: Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park May 21, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs activated catcher Miguel Montero on Friday, bringing about lineup decisions for manager Joe Maddon regarding hot-hitting rookie Kyle Schwarber.

Maddon has already indicated that Schwarber, brought up when Montero went down with a sprained thumb in mid-July and recently completed a rehab assignment.

He's watched Schwarber come in and instantly become a fan favorite, not to mention one of the most valuable bats in the Cubs' lineup.

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Now that Montero is available to catch, Maddon will have to decide how to shuffle his lineup to keep Schwarber swinging.