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Quintero adjusts to Mariners' staff with Blanco's help

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BALTIMORE -- Humberto Quintero has been on a crash course learning the Mariners pitching staff, but the 11-year Major League catcher says all is going well as he adapts to his new team.

Quintero, 33, was signed a week ago after rookie Mike Zunino went on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand. With 41-year-old Henry Blanco the only other catcher on the Major League roster, Quintero will be called on to play frequently until Zunino's expected return in September.

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BALTIMORE -- Humberto Quintero has been on a crash course learning the Mariners pitching staff, but the 11-year Major League catcher says all is going well as he adapts to his new team.

Quintero, 33, was signed a week ago after rookie Mike Zunino went on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand. With 41-year-old Henry Blanco the only other catcher on the Major League roster, Quintero will be called on to play frequently until Zunino's expected return in September.

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"The first couple days were hard," said Quintero. "But Blanco helped me with the pitchers. He told me what the best pitches they've got, and I caught a couple bullpens and I'm good. Henry helped me a lot and I appreciate that."

Quintero caught two games in his first week and was in the lineup again for Friday's series opener against the Orioles. After being released by the Phillies a few days earlier, he landed in a good spot to get immediate playing time.

"I feel bad for Zunino getting hurt," Quintero said. "But I'm glad I'm here. I've made a couple friends here and Blanco made me feel comfortable. I like it here. I like it a lot."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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