Report: Mariners demote catcher Jesus Montero
Montero is batting a lowly .208 with three home runs and nine RBI in 101 at bats for the Mariners this season. Montero was traded to the Mariners from the New York Yankees in exchange for right-hander Michael Pineda. Pineda had season-ending surgery to correct a tear in his shoulder last season.
The Mariners currently have three catchers deployed at Triple A and could use Montero at other positions. After being named the starting catcher in Spring Training, Montero lost the starting job to Kelly Shoppach and his performance at the plate has further limited his playing time.
Montero hit 15 home runs and drove in 62 runs in 135 games for the Mariners in 2012.