When Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero went down with a knee injury that required surgery, it was not only a blow to the beleaguered offense but also a loss in the clubhouse. In his short time with the Diamondbacks Montero has quickly become a leader on the team.
His infectious personality helps bring a positive influence to all of his teammates. Given the struggles this team has been having all season, having an energetic player such as Montero is a lifeline that motivates everyone to continue to play hard.
Montero has come a long way from just two years ago when he was viewed as being expendable after the Diamondbacks signed Chris Snyder to a long term deal. Everyone expected Montero to be traded and Snyder to get the majority of the playing time.
One exception to this point of view was Randy Johnson who after leaving for San Francisco praised Montero as a catcher and suggested he should be starting over Snyder. This prediction came to fruition last season when Snyder went down with a back injury. Montero made the most of his playing opportunity taking the starting job away from Snyder.
Montero has successfully completed knee surgery and a minor league rehab assignment. The Diamondbacks are expected to recall Montero from the disabled list before tonight’s game. Initially he will be used as a pinch hitter and eased back into catching duties as he can handle the workload of catching on a daily basis.
Hopefully Montero’s return will be the spark that will ignite the Diamondbacks offense. So far nothing else has worked to kick start this team.