Montero clears the air with Kennedy

Montero clears the air with Kennedy

PHOENIX -- Two days after Miguel Montero said he was upset with and disappointed in pitcher Ian Kennedy, the batterymates sat down in front of Montero's Chase Field clubhouse locker and cleared the air.

"I wanted to apologize to Ian and the rest of the team," Montero said soon after their talk on Sunday morning. "There's a better way to handle it. Just wanted to make it clear if it's somebody's fault, it's my fault."

Following Friday night's game, which Montero (game-tying, ninth-inning double) helped Arizona win with his bat, the D-backs' backstop let reporters in on a pitcher-catcher squabble that almost always stays between teammates.

"He was terrible," Montero said then of Kennedy, who battled through five arduous innings but kept his club in the game. "We weren't on the same page -- he was in a different game.

"It got to the point where I don't even know what to call. I was [almost like], 'Alright, throw whatever you want, and I'll try to receive it.'

"We got a game plan, and everything changes when we cross the line? That can't happen. We need to get better communication, and we work together better."

In retrospect, Montero called his comments "unprofessional" and voiced his support for Kennedy, who has had a tough second half of the season.

"Obviously, we have the same goal: We want to win," Montero said. "I want him to throw a good game; that way I look good, too. When he throws like that, it makes me feel bad. Period. I have to take charge, because I'm the catcher."

Montero also confirmed on Sunday that pitch selection was the prime precursor to their squabbling.

"There's probably some fault in both people, and me as well," said interim manager Kirk Gibson, who has spoken with all parties since. "You have Miggy whose trying to execute what I'm asking and what [bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock] is asking. And then you have pitchers who are trying to do their thing. It's really up to us to make sure that we're all on the same page with what we're all trying to do."

Because Gibson has preached player accountability time and again since taking the reins on July 2 -- he unusually declined to answer reporters' questions until after his players answered for a mistake-ridden, 7-4 loss on July 23 -- he harped on his catcher's regrettable words.

"Miggy could have handled it differently, and he will next time," Gibson said. "That's part of learning."