Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero went 1 for 3 with a three-run homer in a 3-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. The young catcher turned first baseman hadn't been playing much coming into last week, but he has now played six times in the last nine days. The numbers are still lacking though, as he sits with a .217 average with four home runs in 92 at-bats this season. The Venezuelan has been in and out of the majors throughout his career, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the minors at the beginning of next season.
The Mariners added four players to the active roster on Tuesday, the team announced. Pitcher J.C. Ramirez , catcher Steven Baron , outfielder James Jones and first baseman Jesus Montero will all be part of Seattle's roster.
The Mariners sent first baseman Jesus Montero down to Triple-A on Wednesday, reports The News Tribune. Montero is hitting .200 with two home runs and nine RBI in 75 at-bats.
Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, the third straight start he's missed. Morrison suffered a thumb injury in Wednesday's game and hasn't played since. Jesus Montero starts at first base for the second straight game and fourth time this season.
Mariners just-promoted catcher Jesus Montero will be receiving plenty of playing time as the team seeks to evaluate him. "My hope is to play him as much as possible," Lloyd McClendon told ESPN. "We need to find out about him and see what he's got." He didn't have much in his previous stints with Seattle after a strong rookie season in 2012. He has since managed just 28 hits in 128 at-bats and spent nearly all of his time in the minors.