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Jesus Montero got into a car accident in Venezuela

Nov 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Mariners catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, but he’s been sidelined for more than a week after getting into a minor car accident that left him with lacerated knuckles.

Mariners minor league coordinator Chris Gwynn told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Montero is expected to be fine, but his winter league participation is on hold “until he gets the stitches out.”

Johns notes that Montero has been playing mostly first base and designated hitter in Venezuela, which is a sign that his days behind the plate are done following years of defensive struggles. That will put even more pressure on Montero to produce offensively after hitting just .258 with a .699 OPS through 182 career games.

  1. yahmule - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    First solid contact he made all year.

    • ezthinking - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      +1

  2. deathmonkey41 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Dat’s a gud wun!

  3. mmason0071 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Lacerated knuckles from a car accident. Yeah, right. His English isn’t very good so I suspect that was a “b” not a “c”.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Oh Snap, Michael Pineda is going to have to crash a plane to top this. Stay tuned…

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