Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Jesus Montero will be demoted to the Triple-A level.
Tacoma News Tribune
It had to be done. Montero has been a major disappointment this season for Seattle, batting .208/.264/.327 with three home runs and nine RBI in 29 games. He also had an ugly set of stats in 2012 and could be kept down on the farm for a while. Divish writes that the M's "may have finally taken a step back from the idea that Montero will be a catcher at the big league level" and will play him primarily at first base and DH in Triple-A. Jesus Sucre will be promoted to fill the roster vacancy.
Matt Dominguez (quad) is expected to return to the Astros' starting lineup on Friday evening.
Dominguez sat out Wednesday and will also use Thursday's scheduled team off day to rest his tight left quad. "I'm starting to figure certain things out at the plate, and I like to play," said the third baseman, "but it's better to take the two days off now than risking weeks when it's something that can be treated pretty easily."
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington confirmed Thursday that he has not engaged in long-term talks with Jacoby Ellsbury.
"Because Ellsbury has gone through arbitration the last three years, there's been an opportunity to talk to [agent Scott Boras] and Jacoby each of those years in the winter before spring training or early in spring training about his status," said Cherington. "And each of those years we've signed a one-year deal." Ellsbury, 29, is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season. He has a disappointing .673 OPS since the start of the 2012 campaign.