Just in case first baseman Jesus Montero, the one-time super prospect, had any lingering doubts regarding his status within the Mariners’ organization…let manager Lloyd McClendon dispel them.

“Get better,” McClendon said. “Get back to being the big-time prospect that he was in New York. Part of that is getting himself in top physical condition. Getting in touch with his mental side.

“He’s got a lot of work to do.”

Montero is on a weight-loss program after checking into camp at 270 pounds and admitting he spent much of the off-season “just eating.”

He is also looking to rebound from a year that included a drop in production, a position switch from catcher to first base, a knee injury that required surgery and a drug-related suspension.