Joe Maddon maintained he hasn't yet met with the Cubs' front office to discuss the playoff roster, as of Sunday morning.

However, the Cubs manager did admit there could still be one or two spots up for grabs in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Of course, it also boils down to the Cubs' opponent in the first round - for example, they may want another left-handed pitcher in the bullpen to face lefty-heavy lineups like the Dodgers or Giants.

In that same line of thinking, Maddon also confirmed Sunday southpaw Mike Montgomery would be leaving the starting rotation and moving back to the bullpen, effective Monday.

Maddon had already suggested that move Friday, as Montgomery's chances to make the postseason roster rest solely on a spot in the bullpen barring a couple of injuries.

The Cubs initially inserted Montgomery into the rotation to help provide some extra rest for the normal five starters, but with Thursday's off-day, a bullpen day planned for next week in Pittsburgh (which Montgomery will be a part of, Maddon said) and four days off before the playoff game, the starters shouldn't be overworked.

"There's going to be plenty of time for rest for a lot of these guys," Maddon said. "So I think as it's played out to this point, we felt comfortable with getting some guys back on normal rest knowing that the off day's gonna kick it and also that the [bullpen] day in Pittsburgh will be relevant."

 

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Maddon and the Cubs also wanted to make sure Montgomery got back into the swing of working as a reliever instead of a starter, should he emerge as one of the final bullpen arms on the NLDS roster.

As for Jorge Soler, the Cubs are still taking it easy with the outfielder who left Friday's game with right side tightness.

An MRI showed nothing amiss with Soler and Maddon hopes to have the 24-year-old slugger back within a couple days.

"We're gonna treat it kinda like it was a day-to-day situation," Maddon said. "Hopefully he'll be back and [Monday] or the next day, be able to play.

"We have to go through the medical stuff in there and have him do his swings and stuff in the cages and then we'll know for sure."

Soler has slowed down of late (.207 AVG, .737 OPS in 12 September games), but he mashed in August (.306 AVG, .984 OPS, 5 HR, 14 RBI).

Of course, Soler was also a monster in the playoffs last season, posting a 1.705 OPS in seven games.