Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
It looks like Kyle Hendricks (hand) might be on the shelf for another month or so, which means Mike Montgomery should get a handful of more starts to show what he can do in the Cubs' rotation. The lefty has given up four earned runs while striking out nine over nine innings in his first two opportunities. He gets to take on the light-hitting Padres in his next start. Montgomery is currently owned in just 11 percent of Yahoo leagues.