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Mariners suspend Montero for rest of season

<p>The Seattle Mariners suspended Jesus Montero for the rest of the season on Monday after he was involved in an altercation with a team scout last week.</p>

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners suspended Jesus Montero for the rest of the season on Monday after he was involved in an altercation with a team scout last week.

General manager Jack Zduriencik had already said Friday that Montero wouldn't play for the Mariners again this season. The team has placed Montero on the suspended list to make that official.

Montero and scout Butch Baccala were involved in an incident during a Class-A game on Thursday night in Boise, Idaho, after Baccala reportedly sent Montero an ice cream sandwich in the dugout.

An angered Montero took a bat into the stands and threw the frozen dessert at Baccala, according to widely reported accounts of the altercation.

Zduriencik said last week that the team was still investigating the incident, but "it is clear that both Jesus Montero and Butch Baccala engaged in behavior that is far below what we expect from members of our organization, including bad judgment at nearly every stage of this incident."

Once a prized catching prospect, Montero appeared in just six games for the Mariners this season after showing up for spring training a reported 40 pounds overweight.

He was called up briefly in June and then again for one game last month and was rehabbing a strained oblique with Everett of the Northwest League when the altercation occurred.

The Mariners re-signed Montero to a one-year contract in February and he appeared as a first baseman and designated hitter for the team this season.

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