Jesus Montero left Wednesday night's game in the eighth inning after a bizarre play in which a pitch that his Casey Kotchman on the hand caromed and hit Montero the ring finger and pinky of his right hand. Montero left the game in obvious pain and was X-rayed at Tropicana Field. The X-rays were negative and after the game, Montero displayed his hand, which appeared neither bruised nor swollen, and insisted he would be fine for the start of the ALDS Friday night.
"At the time it hit me, I felt a lot of pain,'' said Montero, who was making just his third major-league start behind the plate. "But when I looked at my fingers and I said, 'Everything's OK. I was really scared. It feels good, good, really good. Ready to go. It will be fine.''
Joe Girardi has not announced the official post-season roster -- that will come later today at a news conference at Yankee Stadium -- but Montero is expected to fill the dual role of backup DH/backup catcher. Since the Yankees are facing Detroit, which has four right-handed starters, Montero's DH at-bats will be limited, raising the strong possibility that Austin Romine will not make the cut for the first round.