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03/02/12 7:00 PM EST
Montero dinged up in Mariners' spring opener
Rookie catcher removed after taking two foul tips to jaw
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Rookie catcher Jesus Montero was hit in the side of the jaw twice by foul balls in the fifth inning of Friday's Cactus League opener against the A's and was taken out of the game in his Mariners debut. But Seattle manager Eric Wedge said the top young prospect was OK after the Mariners finished off an 8-5 victory that included a two-run home run by Montero. Montero, 22, was acquired over the offseason in a trade with the Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda and is regarded as one of the premier young hitters in the Majors. He went 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in his first game for Seattle, reaching base on an error in the fourth and scoring on Carlos Peguero's two-run homer. The youngster followed with his own two-run blast in the fifth inning on a deep fly ball to right-center field. But Montero took two hard shots off his face mask in the bottom of that frame in an at-bat by Josh Donaldson and was replaced behind the plate by John Jaso. "He's OK," said Wedge, a former catcher. "He got hit in the jaw a couple times. I don't know if I've ever seen it happen two times in a row like that. The first one got him pretty good, but obviously the second one was right on top of that, so we got him out of there. But he should be fine. "I've been back there. You get hit like that. It's just unusual to have it happen two times in a row."