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March 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Olivo optimistic he’ll be ready for Opening Day

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While any official word on Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo will wait until after doctors exmaine his MRI results on Monday, Olivo said Sunday he is optimistic he will be ready for Opening Day.
“I’ll be okay, I guarantee you that,” Olivo said this morning in a meeting with a few reporters. Olivo strained his left groin in Saturday’s game against the Indians while tagging up from third to score on a fly ball.
Olivo said he first felt a little twinge when he touched third to take off, then felt more of a pull as he neared home. So he fell immediately to the ground, touching the base with his hand (pictured in a John Lok photo).
“The doctor say he’s glad I did that because if I keep running it will be worse,” he said. “I never had that feeling before, that’s why I went down quick. … When I feel it, right away I know because I’ve never had that feeling before, and the way I feel is not too fine, that’s why I went down so quick. I don’t want to keep pushing that thing and blow my whole leg out.”
Olivo said he’s been told he will probably need to rest for one-two weeks and then can resume working out.
“The doctors say we’ll see the first week how it is going, we’ll see one week and I don’t do nothing and then maybe go on the bike and start doing swimming pool and stuff like that,” he said.
You wouldn’t have known Olivo was injured simply watching him walk around the clubhouse as he moved fine.
Olivo said that he thought yesterday “I wouldn’t be able to walk right now. But I feel like I’m walking okay. But the thing is the minute I start pushing my leg side-to-side, that’s when I feel it a little bit.”
The Mariners signed Olivo to a two-year contract worth $7 million to be their everyday catcher, and one of the attractions is his durability — he has not been on the disablist list since 2004, and then only for a case of kidney stones.
“Things happen, you know?” he said. “And yesterday I feel better than any day in Spring Training. But I know I will be back soon because I like to work hard and when you work hard things get better. … It’s the first time I’ve ever had an injury like that in my body. Like I say, I’m not going to babysit that thing, going to work hard and follow the doctor, one week rest and see what happen.”
And the good news is obviously that there’s still four weeks until the season starts.
“That’s the good thing, it’s early. …. there’s a lot of games left, just get ready, follow the treatement, come early and do my treatment and pray everything (goes) good.”

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