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Miguel Olivo expects to miss extended time with groin injury

May 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida Reuters

Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring.

Olivo told Greg Johns of that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base on a ball hit in front of the plate and “I know it’s not going to be easy.”

Fortunately for the Mariners they have excellent catching depth, with rookie Jesus Montero and former Rays starter John Jaso ready to split time behind the plate. In fact, prior to Olivo’s injury they had used Jaso exclusively as a designated hitter.

Montero began last night’s game at DH, with Jaso on the bench, but then shifted behind the plate following Olivo’s injury and later homered. Olivo has hit just .210 with a .575 OPS and his usual league-leading passed ball count, so it’s not exactly a huge downgrade for Seattle.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    A great opportunity for Montero to show if he can be an every day catcher.

  2. shawnuel - May 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    That sonic boom you just heard was the cheering of every serious baseball fan in the Pacific Northwest!

    • mkd - May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Yes, we all wanted Olivio to be benched in favor of Montero/Jaso. But we wanted that decision to be made for empirical baseball reasons. We do not cheer for players to get hurt ever.

  3. shawnuel - May 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Right…I realized how that looked after I posted. Definitely didn’t mean it THAT way.

  4. mariner425 - May 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Hurry up and get healthy Olivo. Eric Wedge please don’t hurry getting him back in the lineup.

  5. adeedothatswho - May 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Montero’s numbers are much, much better this year when he plays the field. This could really help kickstart him.

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