Report: Mariners’ Jesus Montero on PED list

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Another day, another name. The New York Daily News reports that Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is listed in the records of Biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing drug clinic run by Tony Bosch.

The story comes on the heels of Tuesday's Yahoo! Sports report that named Ryan Braun as a client of Bosch and his Miami-area clinic. Also named in the Yahoo! Sports report: New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Baltimore Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia. Like Braun, Cervelli and Valencia have denied using PEDs.

In the case of Montero -- a former top prospect for the New York Yankees -- the Daily News didn't report a specific PED listed, which is similar to the Braun news. We haven't heard from Montero yet, but his response may very well be along the lines of Braun's: that he paid Bosch as a consultant.

It's worth noting, however, that Montero is a client of Seth and Sam Levinson. They rep Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz, who were all named in the initial Miami New Times report about Biogenesis. All that circumstance, though, isn't going to get a guy a 50-game suspension.

Scandal aside, Montero, 23, is looking toward an improved 2013 campaign. His rookie year in Seattle was less than dazzling. But he said at the recent Mariners FanFest that he had worked on his speed in the offseason and felt more familiar with the Mariners.

"I feel great. I feel comfortable," Montero said. "Last year, I came here and I was like, 'What's going on? I don't know anything.' Now I know a little bit, I know what's going to happen."

Let's see what he's saying when training camp opens next week.

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