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Montero Recalled By Seattle

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Jesus Montero (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Jesus Montero (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Former top prospect Jesus Montero has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners, his first stint in the majors since a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball’s Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation.

Seattle made the roster move Thursday after outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero would be mostly used against left-handed pitchers and as a designated hitter, but is an option to play in the field at first base.

Montero was the centerpiece of a trade before the 2012 season that sent pitcher Michael Pineda to New York and brought Montero to Seattle. He was a top prospect in the Yankees organization but has not matched that potential in Seattle.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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