CHICAGO -- As much of a blow as it was for the D-backs to lose third baseman Eric Chavez to an oblique strain, the injury created an opportunity for catcher Miguel Montero.
Montero, still working out of a season-long slump, slid into Chavez's cleanup spot in the batting order Friday, and the D-backs are hoping the move can help jumpstart Montero's season.
"I think we just have to give him an opportunity," manager Kirk Gibson said. "At some point, he has to perform. The team needs him. He hit for us there last year. He's capable of doing it."
In the cleanup spot for 47 games last season, Montero hit .254 with 27 RBI, five home runs and a .365 on-base percentage. Before Friday, Montero had hit cleanup 19 times this season, going 12 for 73 (.165) with seven RBI.
Through the last two games, the results have been trending upward for Montero. He tallied two hits in a loss Friday, including a double that drove in one of the D-backs' two runs. In the D-backs' 12-4 win Saturday, Montero...