New catcher fo­cused on play­ing for Blue Jays now

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Wear­ing his new Toronto Blue Jays jersey, Miguel Mon­tero wanted to put be­hind him his petulant part­ing from the Chicago Cubs.

“It wasn’t the per­fect de­par­ture, but it is what it was. I live the mo­ment, and I just re­ally don’t look back at the past right now,” he said Tues­day. “It hap­pened al­ready. It’s over. So I’m just wor­ried about to­day, and what­ever hap­pened, hap­pened. Time to for­get.”

The de­noue­ment of Mon­tero’s time with the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons tran­spired quickly.

He crit­i­cized pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta on June 27 for a slow de­liv­ery that led to seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Wash­ing­ton, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment the next day and was dealt Mon­day for a player to be named or cash.

A two-time All-Star, Mon­tero hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this sea­son.

He has thrown out one of 31 base steal­ers this sea­son af­ter catch­ing just five of 64 last year.

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