Montero eyeing return to action

Montero eyeing return to action

PHOENIX -- The text messages from catcher Miguel Montero come with more and more frequency to D-backs' manager A.J. Hinch and others in the organizational hierarchy.

"He's making sure that I know and everybody knows he's ready to come back," Hinch said with a smile.

Montero is itching to return to action after being on the disabled list since injuring his right knee on April 11.

"His knee feels great," Hinch said. "His back, his legs, the baseball soreness of Spring Training has set in a little bit, but he feels great."

Following a stint in extended spring training, Montero has played two games for Triple-A Reno going 3-for-7.

"He can hit in his sleep," Hinch said.

The key then for Montero is to be able to catch a full game. Tuesday he caught seven innings, Wednesday was an off-day for Reno and it's possible Montero could catch nine innings Thursday. If he's able to do that it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could be back by the end of the homestand Sunday.

"He needs to do that before we even consider bringing him back," Hinch said of Montero catching nine innings. "We do need him to be ready to go and not be unavailable for any days after he comes back. When he comes back he needs to be able to answer the bell every day. Maybe not catch nine innings every single day, but be available."