PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Miguel Montero left Monday's game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning after straining his left groin chasing a pop foul behind home plate in the top of the frame.
"I didn't feel any pop, thank God," Montero said. "It was just kind of crampy. It's still early in the season, you don't want it to get worse. You just take it step by step. Good news is it feels a lot better. They worked on it, loosened it up a bit. There was a knot in there, it was tight. It feels better."
A team trainer went out to check on the 28-year-old and left him in the game until veteran Henry Blanco pinch-hit for him when the D-backs came up to bat.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after the team's 6-1 loss to the Dodgers that it was too early to discuss the prognosis moving forward without waiting to see how Montero feels Tuesday.
Montero said if the injury would've happened in August or September, he would've stayed in the game, but with a day off looming Thursday, the D-backs might take his recovery slow.
"A day or two, I don't think more than that, we've got two more games here, then a day off Thursday. I don't know we'll see," Montero said. "I didn't get worse, I wanted to stay in the game to be honest, they just took me out of the game for precautionary reasons."
Montero was 0-for-2 on the night and is batting .255 on the season with two homers and 21 RBIs.
He has thrown out the highest percentage of basestealers in the Majors at a .593 clip.