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Miguel Montero sidelined with unidentified thumb injury

Feb 26, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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Arizona catcher Miguel Montero was held out of Monday’s Cactus League game against the Royals because of a swollen right thumb that team trainers assumed was the result of a deeply embedded splinter. But there is no splinter, folks. There never was a splinter.’s Steve Gilbert explains:

Exactly what is wrong with the D-backs catcher’s thumb is not clear. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said there was a splinter in there, but Montero said that when the training staff drained the puss out of it Monday, they could not find anything in there.

Gibson told reporters on Tuesday afternoon in camp that the thumb is “calming down” and that Montero may be able to play a couple of innings in Wednesday’s Cactus League game versus the Reds.  “It’s much better,” said the Diamondbacks skipper. “It looked like it might be getting infected yesterday, so we’ve been treating that for that. … Hopefully he can play [Wednesday].”

“It came out of nowhere,” Montero added. “I don’t know what happened.”

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    If he’s not gritty enough to play through it, perhaps Arizona’s not the place for him.

    • Sign Ahead - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Miguel’s too valuable to the Diamondbacks’ current plan. If he leaves the team, who’ll say bad things about him when he’s gone?

    • polonelmeagrejr - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      The unidentified thumb injury mystery has beeen solved. THe thumb belongs to Miguel Montero.

  2. clevelandschronic2 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Who is this this guy and has he ever done anything productive for the diamondbacks or anyone. Ive honestly got no idea who he is

    • Sign Ahead - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      He’s actually a very good catcher, both offensively and defensively. Arguably one of the best in the league. And most of the time, it’s a lot of fun to watch him play.

      On the other hand, he has had a couple of memorable arguments with his pitchers (namely Jose Mesa and Trevor Bauer) and he appears to have trouble letting them go. When he takes the fights to the media, it’s kind of embarrassing. His last unfortunate interview was only a couple weeks ago, so even though I’m usually a Diamondbacks fan, and a fan of Montero, I’m having trouble mustering a lot of sympathy for him right now.

    • djjackson81 - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Hey stupid all star catcher

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Oh. Ok thx for giving me a lil info on him and not being a a-hole about me not knowing anything about him. Lol. All ive heard was lil bits and pieces about him and bauer(now an indian but idk if he’ll be a great pitcher)not liking each other or w/e. So i wanted

    • Sign Ahead - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      No worries. It’s easy to overlook the Diamondbacks. Even when we have good players (or a good season) we don’t get a lot of national coverage.

      • azvikefan - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        That’s because we are a bunch of beer drinking, gun toting cowboys out here. The lib media will not give coverage of anything that may make AZ look good.

      • Sign Ahead - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Calling it a liberal media conspiracy might give us a rush of sweet, sweet self-righteous pride, but I’m not sure it’s warranted.

        Compared to other media markets, the Phoenix metro area is not particularly large. It’s hundreds of miles from any other major city. Our baseball team is new(ish) and, for people who aren’t actually fans of the Diamondbacks, it doesn’t have a particularly interesting story. We have no heated, historic rivals. And our organization doesn’t currently have any notable heroes or villains.

        I don’t think anyone’s actually picking on the Diamondbacks, or conspiring against the state of Arizona. We’re just not very interesting.

    • azvikefan - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Bauer can be a great pitcher if he will learn to take advice from Managers and catchers that have more experience than him.

  4. clevelandschronic2 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Real info on the guy not some media bullshi*

  5. paperlions - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I love that Gibson refers to a thumb from which they had to drain puss to look for a splinter as “It looked like it might be getting infected”. What does he think puss is a result of? Grit? Scrap?

    • chacochicken - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Grit is one of the four elements that make up the baseball universe…at least to Kirk Gibson’s alchemical training. Pus is a result of that element, Grit, coming into excessive contact with human weakness. Too much weakness and you’ve got pus and pus just takes the grit right out of you.

      • gloccamorra - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        I heard about those elements, but I’ve only heard of grit, gumption and pluck. What’s the fourth?

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