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NorthWest Sports Beat:
Watching the game this afternoon on Root Sports? M's catcher Jesus Montero took a nasty foul ball off the lid didn't he?
He needed to be helped off the field.
Montero was knocked backward when Robert Andino's foul ball in the fifth hit him square in the mask just above the opening.
Montero was down on one knee for several minutes and was really looking out of it.
Skipper Eric Wedge decided to pull him out of the game.
He was helped off the field with a trainer holding his arm.
Montero was replaced by Miguel Olivo. He couldn't take the other catcher John Jaso out of the DH role.
Seattle may be forced to use the disabled list for the 2nd time in its 10-game homestand.
Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is already on the 7-day list after a pickoff throw hit him in the face.
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Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is taking something of a beating this year. And not just at the plate, although he has driven in just one run since June 1, so it could easily be said that AL pitchers are beating up on him. But Montero continues to take foul balls off his catcher's mask, and it's not any fun. It happened again in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday...
In June, Jesus Montero played in 23 games - catching 8, serving as designated hitter 14 times, and drawing a pinch-hit walk on June 24. Unfortunately, his June splits are a crime scene.In June: 2 BB, 24 K's, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 1 CS. The baseball gods had to throw in that one caught-stealing to really put him down. How's this for a lack of power: 93 plate appearances, 4 extra base...
Mariners rookie catcher Jesus Montero left Wednesday's game against Baltimore after taking a hard foul ball off his mask and needing to be helped off the field.
Montero was staggered and knocked backward when Robert Andino's foul ball in the fifth inning hit Montero square in the mask just above the opening for his vision. Montero was down on one knee for several minutes...
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