Miguel Olivo took batting practice in the cage for abut 30 pitches today, ran for 10 minutes on a treadmill and made some throws at a distace of 90 feet behind second base earlier today.
One of the real tests of his injured groin will come when he tries to block pitches in the dirt.
“That’s not for a few days,” he said.
Olivo will remain behind here in Seattle when the team heads to New York City later this week.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the team could have Olivo join them later on during the four-city trip and catch some bullpen sessions. Olivo is eligible to come off the disabled list in eight days.
For now, Jesus Montero and John Jaso are handling the bulk of catching duties.
Wedge has both in the lineup again tonight with Montero back behind the plate. Montero keeps on hitting — his average now up to .287 with a decent .741 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, especially for a catcher — but the team is reluctant to push him too hard behind the plate in his rookie season.
Olivo was starting to heat up at the plate before he went down, hitting three home runs during an eight-game hitting streak. So, when he’s ready to come back, he will likely once again get the bulk of catching assignments.
When I was standing near the dugout talking to Olivo, Tigers manager Jim Leyland walked out of the opposing dugout and all the way over to where we were standing. Leyland then asked Olivo how he was doing and Olivo told him about his groin.
“I’ll be back soon,” Olivo told him.
“Not against us, right?” Leyland said.
“No, you miss me,” Olivo said.
The two smiled, exchanged a couple of other pleasantries and then Leyland walked away. I asked Olivo where he knew Leyland from because I didn’t think the pair had ever worked on the same team together.
“Just from him being in Detroit,” Olivo said. “Whenever we play them, he’s always come over to say hello to me. I don’t know why. He just always has.”
CF Austin Jackson
LF Andy Dirks
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Delmon Young
C Alex Avila
SS Jhonny Peralta
RF Brennan Boesch
2B Ryan Raburn
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Blake Beavan