Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was diagnosed with a
torn meniscus in his left knee on Saturday and is set to undergo surgery next
week, the team has announced. The procedure is expected to sidelined Montero
for four to six weeks.
The Mariners recently demoted Montero – the former top
prospect acquired in the trade that sent Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees
– to Triple-A after a slow start to the regular season. While he hit .260 with
15 home runs and 62 RBI after being acquired from the Yankees, Montero only
began the season hitting .208 with three home runs and nine RBI in 29 games for
Montero only appeared in seven games with the Mariners’
Triple-A affiliate prior to being sidelined due to his injury. Seattle was
attempting to transition him to first base – a new position – before he was
diagnosed with the meniscus tear.
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