Montero sits again; will return Saturday

Montero sits again; will return Saturday

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie catcher Jesus Montero wasn't in the lineup on Friday as he got a third day off in a row, but manager Eric Wedge said he'll be back Saturday against the Padres.

With no designated hitter in the Interleague road games, Montero has only been used at catcher this week. He caught the first two games in Arizona, then had Wednesday off. Combined with Thursday's off-day, Wedge had the opportunity to give the 22-year-old his longest break of the season.

"I wanted to do that," Wedge said. "I think it's a good time for him to have a couple days where mentally and physically he can get away from it a little bit. And we'll get him back in there tomorrow."

First baseman Justin Smoak was back in the lineup Friday after sitting out Wednesday with a sore right knee, after fouling a ball off his leg on Tuesday.

"He feels good," Wedge said. "He's still a little sore, but more than able to go."