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March 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Montero, Ryan on the rebound

The lineup posted earlier includes two players who haven’t seen action in a few days due to illness (Jesus Montero) or injury (Brendan Ryan).
Montero is back in the lineup today as a designated hitter, which could be his main role going forward. He sat out Saturday and Sunday after falling ill. He was in the clubhouse this morning and said it was just a little touch of the flu.
“‘I got a day off so I could rest my body and all that,” he said. “But everything is fine right now, everything is good. When you’ve got days like that when you don’t feel good, you expect to takes a day off and drink a lot of fluids and get better the next day.”
Today’s start will be the 10th of the spring for Montero — he’s had five at catcher and today will be his fifth at designated hitter.
He’s hitting .308 with one home run and a team-leading eight runs batted in — exactly the kind of production the team will hope for in the regular season after acquiring him over the winter for Michael Pineda.
“Everything is good, everything is awesome right here,” he said of his spring experience with the Mariners. “I’m really happy to be here, enjoying myself with the guys. Everybody has fun.”
What’s still a little of a question is how much Montero will catch. He was asked about that this morning and as he answered, pointed over to a nearby Miguel Olivo.
“He’s the man,” he said. “He has to catch most of the time. I’m here for the opportunity and to help the team win.”
As for Ryan, he’s back in the lineup for the first time since last Wednesday, when he was pulled out of a game against Kansas City with tightness in his quad.
“It wasn’t even anything really too, too bad,” he said. “Just more of like a miniature setback, just precautionary stuff.”
He came out shortly after a play when, as a baserunner, he had to quickly reverse course to get back to first after running past second on a fly ball to the outfield. But he said he’d had some lingering issues for a few days prior.
“It was tight for a handful of days and just it wasn’t loosening up then we ran the base, with the quad stuff it’s always the first couple of steps, and I felt it a little bit and then when I miscounted the outs and went back to first I felt it again. I still wanted to stay in there but it was probably the right move to get me out of there. It didn’t need to get any worse.”
He’s said he’s done a lot of conditioning work in the pool the last few days and said that has him on the road to recovery.
“I’ve been crushing stuff in the pool with the resistance and the waves and everything,” he said.
In fact, he said it’s gone so well he may increase the amount of water conditioning in his workouts.
“I actually really liked doing all that stuff. I’m going to do it all year. It’s a serious workout in there — everything is resisted with the water,” he said.
“I did a little bit (of water work) when I sprained my shoulder last year. They got me in there in August and we were doing all that stuff and it was like ‘wow, this is an intense workout.’ Having gotten in there now with the let and how you feel when you go on the field, it’s pretty good. You get some stretching in there too, so there’s lots of benefits from that stuff.”

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