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Mariners issue statement on Jesus Montero incident

The Mariners have issued a statement addressing a situation that took place in Boise, Idaho last night in which Jesus Montero was reportedly involved in an altercation in the stands with a Mariners cross-checker. The investigation into what occurred is ongoing, but general manager Jack Zduriencik issued this statement:

"I received a call last night at approximately 9:30 pm informing me that there had been a verbal altercation between Jesus Montero, who was on rehabilitation assignment with the AquaSox while recovering from a strained oblique, and Mariners national cross checker Butch Baccala, who was scouting at the game. As soon as I received the call, I began trying to ascertain exactly what had occurred. I spent last night and this morning speaking with everyone involved.

"Although our investigation is not yet complete, I want to provide this update. First off, it is clear that both Jesus Montero and Butch Baccala engaged in behavior that is far below what we expect from members of our organization, including bad judgment at nearly every stage of this incident. I want to apologize on behalf of the Mariners franchise to the Boise Hawks and their fans. We recognize that fans, including children, were impacted by this incident, and the language that was used. We recognize the severity of this incident, and want to assure the Hawks and their fans that it will be dealt with appropriately. In addition, I want to thank Todd Rahr, president and general manager of the Boise Hawks, for his assistance in helping me ascertain what occurred last night.

"Jesus Montero has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment and is on his way to Seattle. Butch Baccala has returned to his home in the Bay Area where he will remain until further notice. We will issue further information when it is appropriate as we deal with this unfortunate incident."

Montero was with the AquaSox on a rehab assignment that he had started last night. Zduriencik will address the media later this afternoon.

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