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Jesus Montero avoids concussion after being struck in head by vicious backswing

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A groggy Jesus Montero is helped to his feet. (MLB.TV)

The scene was not pretty at Peoria Stadium in Arizona but thankfully Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero did not suffer a serious injury after being struck in the head by the backswing of Indians prospect Francisco Lindor.

The scary moment happened in the second inning on a 1-0 pitch from Blake Beaven. The left-handed swinging Lindor got a little piece of the delivery, fouling it straight into Jesus Montero's glove. Unfortunately, the top part of his bat also caught Montero on the right side of his head on the backswing, just above the forehead. Obviously Montero went down in a heap immediately with trainers rushing to his aid. He would remain on his left side for a several minutes before slowly being helped to his feet. That's when everyone first noticed the horrific looking knot that had form at the point of impact.

With a towel held to his head, Montero made his way towards the clubhouse and flashed a thumbs-up to let everyone know he was OK. Still, there was some concern Seattle's young backstop may have suffered a concussion as a result, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has confirmed through general manager Jack Zduriencik that has been dismissed.

Montero is likely to have a giant headache on Sunday, but for now he'll be considered day-to-day. We wouldn't be a bit surprised if he sits out a handful of games before returning later in the week, but barring any unforeseen complications he should be good to go for the Mariners opener at Oakland next Monday.

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