Jesus Montero, scout in altercation


Well, that escalated quickly.

Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, currently rehabbing an oblique injury with the team's Class A Everett AquaSox affiliate, reportedly got into a heated altercation Thursday with a scout from his team. 

According to, Montero was coaching first base when the scout yelled at him to hustle off the field at the conclusion of the inning. A game official said the scout then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout. 

Montero -- who made news for reporting to spring training 40 pounds overweight this season -- did not appreciate the gesture. He approached the stands with a baseball bat, screaming profanities, and threw the ice cream sandwich at the scout. Montero had to be restrained by the team's pitching coach, according to the game's official scorer. 

Montero, who joined the AquaSox  this week and was scheduled to be added to the roster Friday, remained in the team's dugout until the game was over.

"I am aware of the incident in Boise. We are currently in the process of gathering information, but until I have all the details, I cannot comment," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told The Seattle Times.

The Mariners sent Montero to the minors in late May. He has had only 17 at-bats with Seattle this season.