Diamondbacks place C Montero on disabled list

The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed starting catcher Miguel

Montero on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee.

An MRI taken Saturday night revealed a torn meniscus, which will

require surgery, manager A.J. Hinch said before Sunday’s game

against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hinch said more tests will be

performed Monday to check for further damage.

“That would be the best-case scenario for him, if it’s just a

torn meniscus,” Hinch said. “Even though it’s surgery, it’s the

least dramatic injury for a knee.”

There is no timetable for Montero’s return.

Montero suffered the injury while running out a grounder to the

pitcher in the second inning of Saturday’s loss to the Pirates. He

was trying to avoid Zach Duke’s tag when he landed awkwardly just

before reaching the bag.

“I was running fine. I never slowed down,” Montero said. “I

was trying to kind of run him over. Then at that moment, I just

felt something pop.”

Arizona called up catcher John Hester from Triple-A Reno to take

Montero’s spot on the active roster. Chris Snyder will take over as

the starter.

In four game this season, Montero was hitting .500 with three

RBIs.

Hester is batting .333 with a home run and two RBIs in two games

this season for Reno. He hit .250 with a home run and four RBIs in

15 games with Arizona last season.