One point of confusion over Jesus Montero’s 50-game suspension revolved around whether he would have to carry the suspension over to 2014 because the Tacoma Rainiers have just 28 games remaining. Montero is currently with the Rainiers.
Shannon Drayer suggested earlier tody that he’d be allowed to serve it all in 2013, and I’ve gotten that confirmed from an MLB source. The reason is that he is on Seattle’s 40-man roster and thus will be able to count Seattle’s games in September against his total.
That leads to an interesting possibility. Since Tacoma’s season ends on Sept. 2, if you pick up Montero’s suspension with the Mariners’ game against the Royals on Sept. 3, his 50 games would be completed on Sept. 25, after the Mariners again play the Royals.
That would still leave three games in Seattle’s season, on the final weekend — Sept. 27-29 at Safeco Field against the A’s. My MLB source confirmed that Montero would thus technically be eligible to play in those games, because his suspension would be done.
But I see little chance that the Mariners would activate Montero for those final three games, even though it would be within their power.
The Mariners are allowed to fill Montero’s 40-man roster spot while he is under suspension. I’m not sure what the implications are for the final three games when it is completed, though I’m checking into it.