Montero plans to return Friday

Montero plans to return Friday

Montero plans to return Friday
PHOENIX -- Rest seems to be doing the trick for D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, who left Monday's game with a strained left groin. The 2011 All-Star said Wednesday he expects to be back in the lineup Friday against the Brewers after the club has an off day Thursday.

"It feels pretty good right now," Montero said. "I didn't think I had to come out of the game because it felt so much better afterward, but I think it was the right move. [The trainers] worked on it right away and I felt a difference immediately."

To help heal the injury, trainers have put Montero through stretching exercises, massages and Pilates.

"I did things today that before I got hurt I couldn't do," Montero said. "Butterfly type of thing with my legs, I couldn't do it before I hurt myself. I'm flexible. I might even steal bases now."

The plan for Montero on Wednesday was for him to play catch and hit in the cage. He swung the bat on Tuesday to stay loose, but he didn't try to hit any balls.

"I'll get a couple swings and see how it feels," he said. "You have to stretch out your back leg when you swing."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was also optimistic about his catcher's speedy recovery.

"He's been getting a lot of treatment, I think another off-day tomorrow will help," Gibson said. "Hopefully it keeps progressing quickly."

Montero is batting .255 on the season with two homers and 21 RBIs.