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July 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Pre-game notes — Ackley, Olivo could be back Sunday

Bob Condotta filling in for Geoff Baker tonight, where there Mariners will again have a lineup without Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olvio.
Ackley talked to the media a little while ago for the first time since suffering a bruise in his rib area that has held him out since Wednesday.
Ackley said the injury is improving and he thought he could have played today but understands the decision to be cautious.
“I wouldn’t see why tomorrow I wouldn’t be able to do everything full strength,” he said.
Asked how he feels, he said: “I feel good. Hit in the cage today and took some balls off the tee and felt really good, swung and didn’t feel anything.”
He said he’s not exactly sure when the injury happened but that it was sometime in Wednesday’s game against the Braves.
“During the last game I started feeling it a little bit,” he said. “I couldn’t pinpoint exactly when it happened on a slide or a dive or something but I started feeling it a little bit and it was in a weird area. Think they wanted to take it easy and not have anything bad happen with it. I didn’t really feel it during any swings in the game. Felt it more throwing than anything and kind of the day after felt it, it was really sore in that spot and trying to do things in certain positions felt it more there.”
Ackley went on to say that it “feels almost more like a bruise, it’s kind of a feeling I’ve never really had before. Kind of hard to explain, but felt it the other day when I was throwing or certain movements I would make but today I felt really good. Was able to swing like normal swings and it felt fine. Probably could have played today but one of those things another day would probably do a lot for it.”
Olivo, out since Tuesday with leg cramps, said he thinks he may be able to play Sunday, as well. He caught a bullpen session before the game and reported no issues.
“He ran a little bit, caught a bullpen so he’s better,” said manager Eric Wedge. “But he’s still not to the point where i feel comfortable playing him just yet.”
The other news of the day is that Blake Beavan, who was one of three players acquired for Cliff Lee, will start tomorrow for the injured Erik Bedard.
The 6-7, 240-pounder is 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA for Tacoma. It has not yet been announced who will be sent down to make room for Beavan, and that move has not yet been made — Beavan is not yet with the Mariners.
“He’s the guy that deserves to get the call up,” Wedge said. “He’s been very consistent down there. He’s earned the opportunity to be here and he will be our guy.”
Beavan has been particularly good of late, going 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in his last seven starts, and earning a reputation for solid control.
“By all indications he is a guy that has done a good job of working the strike zone and pitching the way he wants to pitch,” Wedge said. “And that’s what you love to see with anybody but also a young kid, too.”
Asked what he remembered of Beavan from spring training, Wedge said “He’s a big guy, seemed to be a good worker, a good listener, able to make some adjustments which with a young guy is good to see and he has good stuff.”
Here is today’s lineup:
Ichiro, RF
Brendan Ryan, SS
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Greg Halman, LF
Jack Cust, DH
Josh Bard, C
Chone Figgins, 3B
Jack Wilson, 2B
Of note there may be Halman as the No. 5 hitter. Wedge said that with Olivo and Ackley out he made sense to give Halman a chance there.

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