Montero Ready To Go

TAMPA, FL - Jesus Montero was swinging a big stick once again on Tuesday. Considering he missed the last month of the season last year with a broken finger, it appears he hasn't missed a beat and now he says he wishes the season could start today.

Jesus Montero went 2-4 with a deep solo home run over the left field wall and an infield single that he hit deep into the right-side of shortstop in Tuesday's intrasquad game, but par for the course, the Venezuelan slugger continues to focus on his defense.

"I'm just trying to catch the way I've been catching," he said after the game. "I try to be the best behind the plate and help my pitchers all of the time to win games, call games, all of that.

"Hitting-wise I just try to keep my routines. Every single time I'm hitting, I'm catching too."

Referring to his desire to not merely be a designated hitter, while he realizes his bat is what separates him from most, the way he looks at it is he doesn't want to throw away all of the hard work he has done defensively over the years.

"My catching has gotten a lot better," he said. "This year I'm going to start in Triple-A. The Yankees are giving me an opportunity so I'm just going to try my best to be the best behind the plate."

While the pundits continue to question his abilities to remain behind the plate, nobody can test his desire to remain there.

Rather than use his big league camp time this year to showcase his bat, he once again used his time to pick the brains of former big league catchers Tony Pena and Joe Girardi.

"I tried to work with them every single day in the morning," Montero said. "The main thing they were teaching me is how to play in the big leagues, how to think like a big leaguer, and how to work hard every single day like a big leaguer. To try and help my pitchers, to me that's more important as a catcher right now."

While there are rumors swirling that Montero's weight had ballooned over 260 pounds at one point, the fact is that physically he has never looked better than he does right now.

"I took it very seriously," a svelte 231-pound Montero said about his conditioning. "I got a little bit overweight here but I started to work really hard in Spring Training and right now I'm at the weight I'm supposed to be.

"I feel really good right now. I worked really hard in the big league [camp] a couple of weeks ago. Right now I'm feeling really good."

So even with dealing with the broken finger from the end of last season and then having to recondition his body this Spring, Montero seems to have not missed a beat and he believes he is already in mid-season form.

"I feel really good. I feel like I want to play the season right now. We have to wait but I want to get out there and play ball."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nJesus Montero went 2-4 with a deep solo home run over the left field wall and an infield single that he hit deep into the right-side of shortstop in Tuesday's intrasquad game, but par for the course, the Venezuelan slugger continues to focus on his defense.
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\r\n\"I'm just trying to catch the way I've been catching,\" he said after the game. \"I try to be the best behind the plate and help my pitchers all of the time to win games, call games, all of that.
\r\n
\r\n\"Hitting-wise I just try to keep my routines. Every single time I'm hitting, I'm catching too.\"
\r\n
\r\nReferring to his desire to not merely be a designated hitter, while he realizes his bat is what separates him from most, the way he looks at it is he doesn't want to throw away all of the hard work he has done defensively over the years.
\r\n
\r\n\"My catching has gotten a lot better,\" he said. \"This year I'm going to start in Triple-A. The Yankees are giving me an opportunity so I'm just going to try my best to be the best behind the plate.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile the pundits continue to question his abilities to remain behind the plate, nobody can test his desire to remain there.
\r\n
\r\nRather than use his big league camp time this year to showcase his bat, he once again used his time to pick the brains of former big league catchers Tony Pena and Joe Girardi.
\r\n
\r\n\"I tried to work with them every single day in the morning,\" Montero said. \"The main thing they were teaching me is how to play in the big leagues, how to think like a big leaguer, and how to work hard every single day like a big leaguer. To try and help my pitchers, to me that's more important as a catcher right now.\"
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\r\nWhile there are rumors swirling that Montero's weight had ballooned over 260 pounds at one point, the fact is that physically he has never looked better than he does right now.
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\r\n\"I took it very seriously,\" a svelte 231-pound Montero said about his conditioning. \"I got a little bit overweight here but I started to work really hard in Spring Training and right now I'm at the weight I'm supposed to be.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel really good right now. I worked really hard in the big league [camp] a couple of weeks ago. Right now I'm feeling really good.\"
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\r\nSo even with dealing with the broken finger from the end of last season and then having to recondition his body this Spring, Montero seems to have not missed a beat and he believes he is already in mid-season form.
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\r\n\"I feel really good. I feel like I want to play the season right now. We have to wait but I want to get out there and play ball.\"
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