HOUSTON —Slumping first baseman Jesus Montero is heading back to Triple-A Tacoma for the remainder of the Rainiers’ season to allow him to get some regular playing time.
"It was an opportunity to get him some at-bats over the next six days to try to sharpen him back up," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said prior to Wednesdays’ series finale against Houston at Minute Maid Park. "When he comes back, he’ll have a better chance of helping us to win ballgames."
McClendon said Montero will return Sept. 8, one day after the Rainiers conclude their season.
Montero, 25, was recently picked as the All-Pacific Coast League first baseman, but he batted .200 with two homers and nine RBIs in 25 big-league games. He had just two hits in his last 36 at-bats.
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"It’s a smart decision to make," McClendon said. "You can have him sit here for six days or have him get possibly 30 at-bats."
Montero batted .346 at Tacoma with 16 homers and 75 RBIs in 93 games prior to his July 31 recall.