LOS ANGELES -- Less than 24 hours after a jarring collision at the plate, D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was in the starting lineup and bouncing around the dugout prior to Sunday batting practice.
"I feel good, man," Montero said.
Any soreness he felt was just normal day-to-day aches that come with catching and not as a result of Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino running him over in the eighth inning Saturday night.
Victorino was attempting to score on a fly ball to right, but Justin Upton's throw was on target and Montero blocked the plate. Despite the collision, Montero was able to hang onto the ball.
"He's fine," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I guess the biggest thing is his shoulder came up into his mask and jammed his mask against his face."
Getting Montero out of the lineup is never an easy task. A high-energy individual, Montero hates to just sit around. He was especially adamant about not missing any of the four games against the Dodgers.
"We made a pact last week that if he took Wednesday off he'd get to play these games," Gibson said. "I told him Wednesday I might sit him today. I just worry about whether you're pushing him too hard, but he's prepared for it. I expect him to catch these and to catch all the games in San Francisco as well, and then get the off-day."