Montero working overtime behind plate for D-backs

Montero working overtime behind plate for D-backs

PHOENIX -- While the majority of Major League catchers receive at least one day off per week, Miguel Montero continues to be a workhorse down the final stretch of the regular season.

The D-backs catcher has started 18 consecutive games behind the plate, including Thursday's series finale against the Padres. And if the 29-year-old has it his way, he'd play the remainder of club's 2012 contests, as well.

"There's no time to be tired or fatigued, it's time to push it," Montero said. "We're in our last lap right now, we only have 14 games left, just have to leave it all out there."

His streak of 18 straight starts by a catcher is a franchise record. The previous high was shared by Damian Miller and Kelly Stinnett with 11.

Montero hasn't struggled with the heavy workload. He has reached base safely in 17 straight games and needs just one RBI to match his career high (86 in 2011).

"I'm just trying to make things happen," Montero said. "We have to keep doing it, we have to bring it every day."

In addition to getting on base the traditional way, Montero has also worked his way on by practicing patience. In his last six games before Thursday, Montero had reached nine times either by walks or being hit by a pitch.