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March 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Olivo update

The official update on the status of Mariner catcher Miguel Olivo, which came down this morning, didn’t reveal a whole lot more than was already known.
The Mariners announced this morning that after a review of an MRI taken yesterday, it was determined that Olivo suffered a strained groin (or adductor) muscle and had already begun therapy.
However, the team said there is no real timeline on when he may be able to return to action.
The official word is that the team will “proceed cautiously” in Olivo’s rehab due to the nature of the position he plays, which obviously requires use of those muscles quite a bit. The team says that the muscle needs to “settle down” before Olivo can do much baseball-type activity.
The team said Olivo will do some throwing on the side, but that for now he will refrain from anything that requires much twisting and pulling, such as catching behind the plate and hitting.
So for now, that appears to leave the catching duties to Adam Moore, the only other catcher on thee 40-man roster. Moore was initially in the lineup today but then scratched, though we have yet to hear why. Josh Bard, Chris Giminez and Steven Baron are all in the Major League camp as non-roster invitees.
Olivo was signed to a two-year, $7 million deal last winter with the full expectation he will be the starting catcher for the duration of that contract.
Olivo stated yesterday he thought he’d be out 1-2 weeks before he could begin riding a bike and other such rehab, and said that he thought he’d be back by Opening Day.
Olivo was hurt on Saturday when scoring from third on a fly ball, initially feeling a slight tear as he left the bag, then feeling more of a twitch as he approached home. He then stopped and fell flat on the ground, touching the plate in the process, saying he didn’t want to further injure himself.
His is the first significant injury the Mariners have suffered this spring.
That’s Olivo, below, in pain after suffering the injury on Saturday in a John Lok photo.
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