PHOENIX -- When Miguel Montero walks out of the home dugout at Chase Field on Wednesday and cleats the dirt in the batter's box, he will be doing so as a .400 hitter. Scratch that -- a .413 hitter.
It's a rare, if not historic, occurrence 72 games through the season. Montero won't mind if you don't dwell on one tiny detail -- he missed 57 of those games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
"It's good to see that I'm hitting .400," Montero joked. "Still got 40-something at-bats. Long way to go."
Montero didn't start on Tuesday for the first time in nine games as the D-backs played the second of three matchups against the visiting New York Yankees. Chris Snyder assumed Montero's spot behind the plate, and Justin Upton slid into the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Snyder entered play with four hits in 10 career at-bats against Pettitte, the longest record of any D-backs player.
Montero played just four games for Triple-A Reno during his rehabilitation assignment. Since his return on June 12, the catcher had 13 hits in 34 at-bats.
"It kind of surprised me a little bit," Montero said of his success, "because I felt comfortable right away, as soon as I got here."
Upon his comeback to the Majors, Montero said he was only concerned that his knee would hold up. It has. So he sees no reason to remove the brace that he wears underneath his right pant leg -- even if it slows him down on the diamond.
"I'm not fast -- I'm not going to steal 30 bases," Montero said, smiling. "If I steal one, that's good enough."