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 (hamstring) was placed on the disabled list Friday at Triple-A Norfolk, retroactive to June 8.
Montero recently returned from serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, and will now hit the DL after suffering a right hamstring injury. He has only appeared in five games this season for Norfolk, going 4-for-18 with two RBI and two walks. Montero is unlikely to join Baltimore at any point this season due to their plethora of first basemen, but his first concern is just getting back on the field.
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 (suspension) agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
The 27-year-old will provide organizational depth, but only after he serves a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Any remaining optimism surrounding Montero has largely evaporated, as he's struggled at the major league level and is really just a DH-only type at this point (25 starts at first base with Triple-A Buffalo in 2016).
Montero has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Specifically, Montero was flagged for a stimulant called dimethylbutylamine which is banned under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 26-year-old had put together a solid year, batting .317/.349/.438 in 126 games with Triple-A Buffalo, but he was passed over for a September callup and this suspension will ultimately overshadow his accomplishments. Once considered a top prospect, Montero was suspended in 2014 following an incident with a Mariners scout and he may now be out of chances with big-league organizations.
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.
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 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 DH Jesus Montero had a productive game Sunday against the Yankees, going 2 for 2 with one run and one walk in a 2-1 loss. Unfortunately, Sunday's performance could not keep him from being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after Sunday's game.
Montero hit .300 (3 for 10) with one RBI, one run, three walks and one strikeout in five games with Seattle.
The Mariners recalled Jesus Montero from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Thursday's contest against the Angels. Montero has spent the duration of the 2015 season at Triple-A, posting a .332/.370/.529 slash line with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 84 games.
Montero, once a highly-regarded catching prospect, has failed to live up to expectations so far in the Major Leagues. How owns a career .258 batting average with a total of 23 home runs in parts of four big-league seasons.
He suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during the 2013 season, which has since relegated him to first base and designated hitter duties.
Montero is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game, but he is with the club and will be available off the bench.
Mariners minor leaguer Jesus Montero had the first two-triple game of his career Tuesday.
"My manager [Pat Listach] always tells me to play hard, every single time. If you're closer to the plate, it's easier to score a run. If you have the chance to get to third base, get to third base," Montero said, per MLB.com. "Today, I had the chance to get to third base two times."
Montero, who is playing for Triple-A Tacoma, finished Tuesday's game 3 for 4 with four RBI. He has been on a serious hot streak lately, batting .538 (21 for 39) in his last 10 games. He has three home runs and 11 RBI in that span.
The beleaguered Montero is having a resurgent season in the minors. He has a .328/.366/.519/.886 slash line through 83 games with Tacoma. He also has five triples, 12 doubles, 14 home runs and 67 RBI.
"You try to hit the ball hard every single time and to help the team win," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do, and every time there are guys on base, I focus more on hitting the ball hard and try to get the runs in to help the team."
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