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Montero to have knee surgery


MINNEAPOLIS – Jesus Montero, demoted to the minors May 22, is facing another setback.

The Mariners announced Saturday that Montero has a tear of the meniscus in his left knee and will undergo surgery next week. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

There was no immediate word on how the injury occurred. He was examined Friday by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the Mariners’ medical director.

Montero, 23, had played seven games with the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers, hitting .250 (7 for 28) with three doubles, a triple and two runs batted in. His last game was May 29 at Colorado Springs.

The Mariners sent Montero down when his average hit .208, with ongoing struggles behind the plate. He was being used primarily at first base in the minors as the Mariners were backing off on his development as a catcher.