Nov 21 3:33p
Montero has been shut down in the Venezuelan Winter League after sustaining a laceration on his knuckles in a minor car accident, MLB.com reports.
Montero was not seriously injured in the accident, though the laceration required stitches. He'll be sidelined until he gets the stitches out, minor league coordinator Chris Gwynn said. Montero, who had a knee injury last season, has hit .293 with one home run and 13 RBI in 21 games for Lara in the winter league while playing mostly first base and designated hitter. The Mariners are converting him from catcher after he struggled behind the plate last season -- not his only struggle, as he also hit very poorly and received a 50-game Biogenesis suspension. Where he fits into the Mariners' plans for 2014 is uncertain.