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March 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Call off the panic alarms: Mariners catcher Jesus Montero much better, good to go

Jesus Montero was sporting an egg-sized welt on his head yesterday, but it's now gone. Photo Credit: AP

Jesus Montero was sporting an egg-sized welt on his head yesterday, but it’s now gone. Photo Credit: AP

Well, that little issue didn’t last very long. Jesus Montero no longer has an egg-sized welt on his forehead. An ice pack last night took care of that, he says he feels much better this morning and is set to catch some bullpen session later today.

That has to come as a huge relief to the Mariners, who have only Montero and Kelly Shoppach as catchers on their 40-man roster.

In other words, any upcoming, early roster decisions by the team won’t be impacted by Montero getting hit in the head by that bat yesterday.

“I feel good,” Montero said this morning. “Thank God nothing happened. It was a scary moment yesterday.”

Montero said he never lost consciousness. He just stayed down in the dirt because he knew he’d been hit in the head and that moving around and getting up too quickly might not be a great idea.”

Montero says he sat with an ice pack in the training room for three hours, then did the same thing at home.

“It happens,” he said, with ¬†shrug. “You’ve got to be tough to play this game.”

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