Jesus Montero dizzy after suffering 'very mild' concussion, but should be OK | Mariners notebook
Catcher replaced after taking foul tip off facemask in fifth inning, and will be evaluated Thursday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
In the clubhouse after Wednesday's game, Jesus Montero said he was "still dizzy" as a result of the wicked foul tip off his facemask in the fifth inning.
Montero suffered what manager Eric Wedge called "a very mild concussion." Wedge doesn't believe Montero will have to go on the new seven-day disabled list for players with concussions. Franklin Gutierrez is currently on that list and out at least until the All-Star break.
"We don't think it's anything similar to Gut, but we're going to evaluate him tomorrow and make that decision," Wedge said.
Montero appeared to lose his balance as he was being examined by trainer Rob Nodine. The Mariners pulled him and put in Miguel Olivo behind the plate to finish the game.
"He was just a little bit off, a little bit dizzy," Wedge said. "Rob did the test. We didn't feel comfortable pushing him through that."
Montero said he thinks he'll be fine.
"It happens. It happens to every catcher," he said. "It wasn't good that it hit my face. I felt dizzy. Thank God nothing happened. The catcher always gets that, so we have to be tough. You have to fight. It's hard."
dropped in order
Before the injury, Montero had been struggling mightily at the plate. He had just one RBI in June, and was 3 for 27 (.111) on the homestand.
"I know he's frustrated. I know he's fighting it right now," Wedge said before the game. "But like I've said so many times, and I think time will prove this to all: to go through this kind of struggle, it's going to ultimately be part of who you are as a complete player in the end once you've figured it out. You have to go through this. He's a young hitter up in the big leagues playing consistently for the first time, and he's going through his struggles right now."
Montero dropped down to seventh in the order on Wednesday. Asked in general if he felt it was better for young players to fight through their struggles in the majors rather than going down to the minors to work on things, Wedge replied:
"I can tell you this: If I felt that was the best thing for them, I would have already done it. It doesn't mean we won't do it. But we don't feel that's where we are right now.
"There's multiple reasons to send a guy out, but the bottom line for me is what's going to get the young man to be the big-league hitter or player as quickly as possible. What's going to be the best path for him."