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Friday, February 21, 2014

Mariners concerned about Jesus Montero's physical state


By on 2/21/2014 04:00:00 PM

According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, Jesus Montero reported to camp 40 pounds over the goal weight the team set for him. It was reported last week that Montero had came into camp overweight, but nobody knew it was this cruel.

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Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik to Divish:
That disinterest in conditioning in the offseason didn’t do much change the minds of people who have been skeptical of Montero’s work ethic. It certainly didn’t inspire Zduriencik, who was clearly hopeless with the situation. It’s up to him. I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone. He's got a ton to improve. It's all on him.
In 2013 Montero was given the starting catcher job and lost it a couple weeks into the season. He was sent to Triple-A and they converted him to 1st base. After injuring his knee, he had to go through surgery and when he came back he was suspended the rest of the season for being linked to the Biogenesis.
If Montero doesn’t change his mindset and work ethic, Zduriencik says,
We can't give it to him. And it's not going to be given to him... In the end, it’s Jesus’ [Montero] life. It’s Jesus who has to make a call on this. We’ll be there to assist any of these players him included. But he will not be given anything. It’s an uphill climb for him He has the ability to get over the hump and he should. But if he doesn’t, then shame on Jesus. 
Montero is not a “can’t miss prospect” anymore and if he continues to disobey his boss, he might be out of a job before the 2014 season ends.  

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