First a little background: Montero, who was traded by the Yankees for Pineda in January 2012, has had issues with his weight. He reported to spring training so out of shape that his stock with the Mariners has plummeted to the point where he has played in one fewer major league game this season than the the injury-plagued Pineda. He is no longer a catcher. He is a first baseman/DH.
That brings us to Thursday night, and we will let MLB.com pick it up from here.
Seattle's Jesus Montero was involved in an altercation during short-season Everett's game at Boise on Thursday. The first baseman exchanged words with a Mariners cross-checker and reportedly had to be physically restrained while attempting to enter the stands with a bat during the argument.
Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.
According to a game official, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero -- who arrived at Mariners spring training 40 pounds overweight this season -- approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.
Pineda starts on Saturday against the Blue Jays. He has looked very good since he returned from his upper back injury. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts off the DL.