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Miguel Olivo returns from DL, Chone Figgins keeps his job

May 24, 2012, 5:17 PM 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 is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a groin injury and the Mariners created a spot on the roster for his return by optioning outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A.

That means, despite some speculation to the contrary and plenty of fans calling for his job, Chone Figgins remains on the roster.

Figgins began the season as Seattle’s starting left fielder and showed some signs of early life with back-to-back three-hit games, but he’s hit .133 in 25 games since then and was eventually benched by manager Eric Wedge.

Olivo wasn’t exactly lighting up the league before his injury either, hitting .210 with a .575 OPS and hideous 18/2 K/BB ratio, but he’ll likely resume playing regularly behind the plate with Jesus Montero shifting back into more of a designated hitter role and John Jaso fighting for playing time scraps.

  1. emeraldcityfan - May 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Ugh. Just release both the bums.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      There will be no releasing of bums here. This is a family friendly site!

  2. mariner425 - May 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    This news just made me throw up in my mouth.

  3. dorbs345 - May 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Why wouldn’t they send him down? Maybe a month at Tacoma will get him going? Makes no sense to not try it, regardless of what he’s making.

    • jwbiii - May 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Figgins could refuse the assignment and walk. The Mariners would owe him about $15M. The A’s and Brewers are known to be desperate for infield help, the Cubs should be looking as well, so the M’s would be paying him handsomely to play for some other team.

  4. IdahoMariner - May 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Bah. Gah. Ugh. Vurp. Son of a….

  5. denny65 - May 25, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    No one can understand why Figgins is being kept on the roster. Manager Eric Wedge continues to say that Figgins is valuable as a utility players, able to fill in both in the infield and outfield.

    That’s true, as far as it goes. But the guy is an absolute dud at the plate and has a huge contract. Sigh.

    Now, if we could only do something about Brendan Ryan.

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