Everyone was well-rested and back at the ballpark today after last night’s maraton loss in 14 innings in a game that took nearly five hours to play. Mariners manager Eric Wedge had Miguel Olivo warming up in the 14th and he would have pitched the 16th had things gotten that far.
“I’m glad nobody got to see me pitch,” Olivo said today.
Wedge went with Olivo because he has the strongest arm on the team and the situation wasn’t a blowout, so he needed someone with composure on the mound.
“I think I pitched in a minor league game in Single-A and I threw five pitches,” Olivo said. “In San Diego in 2005, in Colorado, I was warming up but I didn’t get into the game.”
I tried checking Baseball Reference and Baseball Cube, but neither has any record of Olivo having pitched in a game, though it could have been pre-season, I suppose. In any event, Wedge was apparently getting tons of suggestions in the dugout from players about others who could pitch.
Casper Wells was a high school pitcher when recruited by Baltimore’s Towson University, but eventually got bored of it and asked to hit more. But Wedge wanted a veteran in there, so didn’t really consider Wells.
I asked him whether Chone Figgins came up. He said no.
We were running out of veterans, so I asked whether he’d considered Ichiro, who reputedly used to want to try to be a major league pitcher at some point once he reached his 40s.
“Yeah, that would go over real good if I did that,” Wedge said. “I mean, put my neck in the guillotine right now. I can’t fix it if I’m not here, you know what I mean?”
Anyhow, fortunately we never got to see Olivo or any other position players pitch.
Wedge says he “rarely” has done it and doesn’t like to.
“You just hate putting your team in that situation,” he said.
In other news, Franklin Gutierrez has been shut down for the rest of this weekend.
“He’s still having some headaches, so we’re shutting him down today and tomorrow and we’re going to get him re-evaluated on Monday,” Wedge said. “It’s unfortunate, but we were told that there could be some back and forth with this. It’s just that type of inury and that’s what we’re seeing, so some days are better than others and the fact that he’s still having the recurring headaches, we’re going to shut him down today and tomorrow and have the doctor look at hin Monday.”
In some better news, Erasmo Ramirez threw his simulated game today, looked good and now will throw a bullpen on Monday and then begin his rehabiliatation assignment with Class AAA Tacoma on Wednesday if all goes well.
Some even better news: Jesus Montero is OK after toppling over backwards in a lounge chair in the clubhouse pre-game. Montero wound up being the subject of plenty of laughs and was smiling as he picked himself up off the floor.
He’d been relaxing, listing to music on some headphones with one leg curled up on the chair, a leather one that he was gently rocking back and forth in. At one point, he tipped too far back and went down in a heap.
Ken Griffey Jr. missed seeing the topple-job or else Montero would never hear the end of it. Griffey — who lives in nearby Orlando — paid a visit to Tropicana Field pre-game today and said hello to some of his former teamamtes.
2B Dustin Ackley
LF Casper Wells
C John Jaso
3B Kyle Seager
CF Michael Saunders
1B Justin Smoak
DH Carlos Peguero
SS Munenori Kawasaki
LHP Jason Vargas
CF B.J. Upton
1B Carlos Pena
2B Ben Zobrist
3B Jeff Keppinger
RF Matt Joyce
DH Hideki Matsui
LF Desmond Jennings
C jose Lobaton
SS Sean Rodriguez
RHP Alex Cobb