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Miguel Montero (back) is on track to begin a rehab assignment by the end of the week.

Montero has been doing baseball activities since Friday and appears to be progressing steadily. He's eligible to return Tuesday, so as long as he gets through a couple rehab games OK, he should be activated early next week.

Miguel Montero C ARI 8 Months

Miguel Montero (back) is expected to resume a hitting program Saturday.

Montero has been sidelined since July 29 with a lower back strain, but was cleared for baseball activities Friday and continues to move in the right direction. Assuming he avoids setbacks, he should return from the DL later this month.

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Miguel Montero received an epidural for his ailing lower back last Friday.

Montero doesn't have any structural damage and was able to resume baseball activities Tuesday, though it's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Wil Nieves is handling the catching duties for the D'Backs while Montero is out.

Miguel Montero C ARI 9 Months

Diamondbacks placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with a lower back strain.

Montero has dealt with the issue for a while now and will now get some extended rest. Wil Nieves, who is hitting .354 in 37 games this year, will handle the load behind the plate during his absence.

Miguel Montero C ARI 9 Months

Miguel Montero (back) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Saturday against the Padres.

Montero wound up missing four games with inflammation in his lower back. The 30-year-old catcher is batting just .226/.314/.335 in 90 games played this season but he is capable of catching fire at any time.

Miguel Montero C ARI 9 Months

Miguel Montero (back) is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday.

Montero missed the last four games with lower back inflammation, but was able to swing a bat Friday for the first time. The Diamondbacks are hoping that the extended rest will get him back on track, as he's batting just .224/.333/.397 this month.

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Miguel Montero (back) is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup again Friday against the Padres.

Montero hasn't played since Monday due to back inflammation, but he's expected to avoid a stint on the disabled list. Wil Nieves will make another start behind the dish.

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An MRI on Miguel Montero's back showed only inflammation.

He will not go on the disabled list at this time, though it doesn't sound like the D'Backs have ruled it out. Montero will miss a third straight game Thursday and should be considered day-to-day at this time.

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Miguel Montero will visit the doctor Wednesday after feeling slight pain in his back during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game.

Now we know why he's sitting out a second straight contest. It doesn't sound like a major concern, but more will obviously be known about his status after his doctor's visit. Wil Nieves is starting at catcher again Wednesday.

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Miguel Montero is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup for the second straight day Wednesday.

The D'Backs are just giving the slumping catcher an extended rest. Montero is sporting an ugly .224/.333/.397 batting line this month and is sitting in favor of Wil Nieves.