The Washington Nationals have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment to make way for Matt Wieters, who is coming off the disabled list.
Montero, 34, signed with the Nationals shortly before spring training and began the season as Wieters’ backup. When Wieters went on the DL Montero was pressed into starting service and went 0-for-11. That caused Dave Martinez to put Pedro Severino in and he has gone 7-for-19 with a couple of doubles making Montero, as the British say, redundant.
Montero has hit .256/.340/.411 with 126 homers in his 13-year big league career, but he’s fallen off quite a bit in the past few seasons. Barring some catcher injuries elsewhere, it’s hard to see where he might latch on anyplace.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.