No ligament damage, so Miguel Montero due back in 4-6 weeks

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Miguel Montero is undergoing knee surgery today, but the Diamondbacks got some relatively good news in that no ligament damage was found. That means rather than potentially missing the entire season Montero is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus.
Chris Snyder was the Diamondbacks’ primary catcher from 2005 until Montero’s breakout last year, so Arizona is as well-equipped as any team to be without their starting backstop for a month or two.
Prior to struggling last season Snyder batted .251 with a .346 on-base percentage and .438 slugging percentage in 997 plate appearances over the previous three seasons, which puts him solidly above average for a catcher. He’s also thrown out 32 percent of steal attempts for his career.
Obviously losing one of the team’s best players for 4-6 weeks is never a good thing, but if Snyder can impress while filling in the Diamondbacks might be able to swap him for some decent value around the trade deadline after having trouble finding an acceptable return for him all offseason. If he shows his 2006-2008 form, Snyder would be an upgrade behind the plate for quite a few teams.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.