DETROIT -- Jesus Montero has faced a lot of questions about his ability to be an everyday catcher. There's still a lot left to answer, but Wednesday night was a big step as the 22-year-old caught Felix Hernandez for the first time in the regular season.
"I caught him a couple times in Spring Training, so I know him a little bit," Montero said before the game. "He's good. He calls his game. He's tough. He's awesome. So I got a lot of confidence."
It's been a slow process for Montero. Last Thursday in Montero's last appearance at catcher, he threw out his first baserunner of the season. White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham was caught trying to steal second. Montero is 1-for-5 on throwing out runners.
Through the team's first 18 games, he had only been the starting catcher four times, catching Hector Noesi and Kevin Millwood twice each.
Now, for the second game of a three-game series against the Tigers, Montero will catch a former American League Cy Young Award winner.
"It's just another game," said Montero, who downplayed any pressure of catching a pitcher with the nickname "King." "I'm just happy because I'm going to catch him, and I just want to win. I want to do a good job for him."