The tough season for Jesus Montero continues. On Saturday, the Mariners announced that Montero had suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Montero was examined yesterday by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the Mariners medical director and will undergo surgery on a to-be-determined date next week and is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks. There is no word when Montero suffered the tear.
With Montero out for a while and a 40-man roster move needed, the Mariners could recall Montero and place him on the 60-day disabled list opening up a roster spot for Jeremy Bonderman.
Montero, 23, was optioned to AAA Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League on May 22. In seven games with the Rainiers he was hitting .250 (7×28) with 3 doubles, 1 triple and 2 RBI. His last game was May 29 at Colorado Springs.
Montero hit .208 (21×101) with 6 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 29 games with the Mariners this season. The Mariners were 15-10 in games when Montero started behind the plate.
Montero hit .206 in April (17 games), and was hitting .211 in May (12 games). His 3 home runs all came in Felix Hernandez starts, including a go-ahead solo blast May 8 at Pittsburgh off A.J. Burnett.