Montanez swings back
Lou Montanez wasn't surprised that he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, but that didn't mean he had to like it. He acknowledged that he was the victim of a numbers game, but didn't shy away from expressing his belief that he's good enough to stay.
"I think I'm beyond close,'' he said. "It's just that the opportunity isn't there right now. I know I'm ready to play. I feel like I could compete just as good as a lot of guys up there. Like yesterday, we were at the Mets game. There was a lot of chatter in our dugout about [Daniel] Murphy, how he's a good player and he can hit. He's going to be their starting left fielder, and I'm sitting in the dugout thinking, 'He was in our league and I won the Triple Crown."