Montero was released by the Orioles on Tuesday. Montero, who returned from a 50-game suspension for a banned substance earlier this month, got off to a rough start with Triple-A Norfolk, hitting just .143 with 14 strikeouts in 49 at-bats. He'll look to latch on elsewhere after batting .317 over 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo last year.
Montero was activated from the MiLB disabled list and joined Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday After completing a 50-game suspension, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound first baseman played in just seven Triple-A contests before suffering a hamstring injury. The seriousness of the ailment must not have been too bad considering Montero returned after eight days off and played both games of Thursday's doubleheader, going 0-for-7.
Montero was added to Triple-A Norfolk's roster Wednesday after completing his 50-game suspension, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The former top catching prospect, now a first baseman, was hit with a suspension in September after testing positive for a banned substance. The test results brought his impressive 2016 season (.317/.349/.438) into question, but Montero has posted strong numbers since becoming a professional at age 17. He'll get a chance to jump right back into the action at Norfolk, but Montero -- who has 226 MLB games under his belt -- is a long shot to join the O's this season considering the club's large stable of first baseman.
Montero was named to the postseason International League All-Star team as the designated hitter, the Buffalo News reports. Montero, the lone Bison to make the Triple-A All-Star team, has raked his way through the International League this season, hitting .321/.353/.446 over 471 at-bats. The 26-year-old is locked in a tight race for the IL batting title as he ranks second in hits (151) and fourth in total bases (209). Montero, who has logged 226 big league games over five seasons, has notched two hitting streaks of 13-plus games this year while batting over .280 in every month of the campaign, including a ridiculous .395 mark in August. Although he's not currently on the Jays' 40-man roster, the team has room to create a spot and give him a deserving promotion for the final month of the MLB season.
Montero was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. Montero was claimed off waivers from Seattle, and he'll look to reinvigorate his career north of the border. Montero appeared in 38 major league games last season, notching a paltry .223 average with 32 strikeouts and four walks.
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