"We've been pushing him pretty hard," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of his catcher. "I think his legs look like they're getting a little heavy."
Sunday marked the first day the D-backs catcher was out of the starting lineup since Aug. 29, a span of 20 games. True, the team did have four scheduled off days during that stretch, but still it's a pretty remarkable streak for a catcher.
"He wanted to give me a day off a while ago and I didn't want it because I felt good," Montero said of Gibson. "Yesterday after the game he said he wanted to give me a day off and I didn't push to play. It's good, I'll take it. After 20 games or whatever, I guess it's a well-deserved day off."
The workload did not hamper Montero at the plate.
During the 20-game streak Montero hit .385 with a .985 OPS (on-base plus slugging).
"Much more selective, more disciplined with his swing," Gibson said. "The way his body is now with the weight loss and the program he's on, he's just physically and mentally in a better spot than he's ever been in since I've been around here."