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Mariners' Montero linked to drug investigation

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By Todd Dybas
The News Tribune
  • Jesus Montero, who was sent down to Class AAA Tacoma last month, is scheduled for knee surgrey today.

    Stephen Brashear / Associated Press

    Jesus Montero, who was sent down to Class AAA Tacoma last month, is scheduled for knee surgrey today.

SEATTLE -- An ESPN report has linked Mariners catcher Jesus Montero for a second time to a Miami-area clinic that's being targeted in an ongoing performance-enhancing drug investigation by Major League Baseball.
ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Tuesday that Montero is among 20 players likely to be disciplined within the next "few" weeks by MLB for their connection to Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Miami.
The key change in what has been an extensive investigation by MLB is that the clinic's founder, Tony Bosch, has reportedly agreed to cooperate in the investigation. Prior, Bosch had denied any knowledge of PED distribution by the clinic.
Bosch is expected to name names for MLB, according to ESPN. Among those in the ESPN report is Montero, making this the second report to link him to the clinic and investigation.
The New York Daily News reported in February that Montero was among those being investigated by MLB after his name showed up in records from the clinic.
"The Mariners are aware of the report that ran on," Tim Hevly, the Mariners' senior director of baseball information, said. "As you know, we strongly support Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program. With no other information, there's no further comment we could make at this time."
Montero told the Seattle Times at spring training he had "no clue" how his name ended up on documents belonging to the clinic.
After a disappointing performance with the Mariners this season during which he hit .208, Montero was sent to Tacoma on May 23. Montero was diagnosed with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee June 1 and is scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning. He was projected to miss four to six weeks.
Montero is a client of ACES sports agency, which has been repeatedly linked to the MLB probe.
According to the ESPN report, MLB will seek to suspend Yankees third baseman and former Mariner Alex Rodriguez and 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun 100 games each.
Wedge watching Ackley
Mariners manager Eric Wedge has noticed Dustin Ackley's hot start in Tacoma, where he is hitting .378 since being sent down May 27.
Wedge said the main thing he wants to see from Ackley is an improved approach at the plate.
"We told him when we sent him down, there wasn't really going to be a timetable on it," Wedge said. "It's as much the mental than the fundamental, even more so for me. So, we need to give it some time. What we don't want to do is be in a hurry with it.
"It's approach. The swing's there, the ability's there. He's a hitter. He's going to hit. He's had a few bumps in the road here, but he's going to hit."
Morse update
Michael Morse should be ready to DH or play first base in the next couple days. Wedge said Morse (thigh) will need to know his limits when running the bases once he's back in the lineup.
Story tags » Mariners

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