Diamondbacks activate Miguel Montero from DL

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montero headshot.JPGThe Diamondbacks have activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list, according to a team press release.

Montero was 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI before going on the disabled list with a partial meniscus tear in his right knee on April 11. He underwent surgery to repair the tear on April 14.

The 26-year-old catcher batted .294/.355/.478 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 425 at-bats with the Diamondbacks last season, including a .316/.366/.534 batting line after the All-Star break. He entered the 2010 season as the clear starter behind the plate over Chris Snyder.

According to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com, Montero is not in the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Saturday, but he is likely to play on Sunday. He figures to be eased back into action as the designated hitter with interleague series against the Red Sox and Tigers next week. 

The Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.