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Montero, Jaso to split backstop duties

Montero, Jaso to split backstop duties

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Montero, Jaso to split backstop duties
SEATTLE -- With Miguel Olivo on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury, Mariners manager Eric Wedge made it clear that 22-year-old Jesus Montero would not assume the role of everyday catcher.

"He's still going to split time with [John] Jaso, so he's not going to have to worry about carrying the weight of catching every day on his shoulders," Wedge said. "We can pick and choose the spots he's going to play -- a couple days in a row, back-and-forth -- or how we're going to do it. That's what we've done here in the early going. It's only been a few days, and that's what we'll continue to do."

After Olivo left Monday's contest against Tampa Bay, Montero caught the next two games before Jaso was behind the plate for the finale of the Mariners' four-game series against the Rays. Montero again started behind the dish on Friday against the Twins.

"I just got a little bit more opportunity now," Montero said. "I feel fine. But I feel bad, too, because Miggy's down. I don't wish that [on] any player. But I'm just here for the opportunity and trying to do my best."

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