SEATTLE — Jesus Montero will not play again this season for the Mariners' organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor-league game in Boise, Idaho.
Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik on Friday called the actions of Montero and scout Butch Baccala "unacceptable."
The argument came during a rookie-level Class A game between the Boise Hawks and Seattle's affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, on Thursday night. Montero was rehabilitating an oblique injury with hopes of returning to the majors when rosters expand in September.
Baccala, 52, heckled Montero and later had an ice cream sandwich delivered to him in the dugout, reports said. Montero, who had reported to spring training 40 pounds overweight, was said to have confronted Baccala near the stands with a bat and threw the ice cream at him before being pulled away by a coach.
Baccala told the Seattle Times that what happened was "not what is being portrayed'' and denied attempting to provoke Montero, though he declined to be specific.
TANAKA SORE: Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka was sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm a day after a bullpen session. The rookie from Japan hasn't pitched in a game since July 8 as he recovers from a partial tear in his elbow. Also, the Yankees designated LH reliever Rich Hill for assignment to clear a roster spot for LH reliever Josh Outman, acquired Thursday from the Indians.
MOLINA BACK: The Cardinals activated All-Star C Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list. Molina tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into third base July 9 and had surgery July 11.
BRAVES: LH reliever Jonny Venters, 29, decided to have Tommy John elbow surgery for the third time after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament.
INDIANS: C Yan Gomes was activated from the seven-day concussion list and was in the starting lineup. … The team reunited with slugger Russell Branyan, signing the former Ray to a minor-league deal for the rest of the season.
METS: 2B Daniel Murphy is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf, manager Terry Collins said.
ORIOLES: 1B Steve Pearce left the game against the Twins in the third with an abdominal strain.
REDS: 1B Joey Votto, out since July 8 with a left distal quad strain, felt discomfort after fielding ground balls and taking light swings, and did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh.
ROYALS: LHP Bruce Chen was designated for assignment after six seasons with the team.