• Overcast, light rain
  • 48°
    Overcast, light rain
  • Comment

Mariners send slumping catcher Montero to minors

Posted: May 24, 2013 - 12:11am
Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero singles in a run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  Elaine Thompson
Elaine Thompson
Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero singles in a run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) —

The Seattle Mariners sent slumping catcher Jesus Montero to the minor leagues Thursday, a year after acquiring him in trade full of potential that hasn’t panned out for either side.

The Mariners optioned Montero to Triple-A Tacoma. He has 72 hours to join the club.

The 23-year-old Montero is hitting .208 with three home runs and nine RBIs. He’s also been a designated hitter, and there are concerns about his impatience at the plate.

Seattle got Montero from the New York Yankees after the 2011 season. Montero made a nice impression in a brief call-up that year, hitting .328 with four homers and 12 RBIs, and the Yankees traded him and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners for pitcher Michael Pineda and a minor leaguer.

Montero hit .260 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs last year in his first full season in the majors.

Montero had been splitting time with backup catcher Kelly Shoppach in recent weeks. The Mariners will make a corresponding roster move Friday — their catchers in Triple-A are defensive-minded Jesus Sucre and touted prospect Mike Zunino.

Pineda, an All-Star as a rookie in 2011, has been injured and not pitched yet in the majors for the Yankees.

Pineda is currently pitching in extended spring training games and could be ready to start a minor league assignment after one more extended start early next week. He threw Thursday, which lines him to pitch again Tuesday.

  • Comment

Spotted

Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377423/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377418/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377413/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377408/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377403/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377398/
  • title http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377393/ http://spotted.juneauempire.com/galleries/377388/
Home High School Soccer Action

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING