PHOENIX -- A day after D-backs catcher Miguel Montero strained his left groin in the sixth inning of Monday's 6-1 loss to the Dodgers, the club downplayed the chance of a disabled list stint but admitted he won't start until Friday at the earliest.
"We don't think it's 15 days, but at the same time, we don't want to push him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We'll see the treatment and the kind of relief he gets. He is a catcher though, he's got to block balls. He's not going to start tomorrow for sure."
The D-backs promoted catcher Konrad Schmidt from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday as insurance while veteran Henry Blanco takes over the duties behind home plate for the time being.
"We'll bring in some catching depth, take a couple days and see how he progresses," Gibson said of Montero. "He's really not that sore today, it's kind of encouraging."
Gibson wouldn't completely rule out using Montero in a pinch-hitting role but said it's not likely.
"We'll have to see what the situation is. You try to win a game," Gibson said. "You say I wouldn't use Miggy, and you're probably right, but I don't know about that."
Montero 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.