PEORIA, Ariz. - A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on catcher Miguel Olivo's left thigh found exactly what the team thought it would Monday - a strained adductor muscle (groin) that's going to take time to heal.
How much time, no one seemed to know.
Team doctors said Olivo’s physical therapy would “progress cautiously,” in part because he plays a position that’s grueling on the legs.
“I’m feeling better today than (Sunday), and it’s only been three days,” Olivo said. “I can walk, I can even bend my knees as long as I don’t try to do any side-to-side movements.”
Early on, therapy consists mainly of ice and electric stimulation of the muscle, working up to pool routines and, Olivo said, stationary bike routines.
“And I’ll do things to keep my arm strong,” Olivo said.
In the meantime, the M’s will take longer looks at the other four catchers in camp.
Adam Moore was in manager Eric Wedge’s original lineup Monday but came in sick and was sent home with flu-like symptoms.
That left the team with three healthy catchers in camp, all of them non-roster invites: veteran Josh Bard, Chris Gimenez and 20-year-old Steven Baron.
Gimenez got the start, Baron played the last few innings.
Is Wedge worried about running out of catching?
“We’ll be fine,” he said. “Moore will be back soon.”
Still, the Mariners play a doubleheader of sorts today – a “B” game in the morning against the Dodgers, then a Cactus League game against San Francisco in the afternoon. That’s a lot of innings for three healthy catchers if Moore isn’t ready.
Innings are disappearing quickly with starting pitchers and others going three innings each, so the Mariners have scheduled their first “B” game today – a road game against the Dodgers. Lefty Luke French and three or four relievers will get work in the 9 a.m. PST game.
With the team’s minor league camp now open to pitchers and catchers, it’s likely that the Mariners will trim the number of pitchers – they’re currently carrying 35, counting Shawn Kelley and David Aardsma, who are recovering from surgery.
Former Mariners hitting coach Gerald Perry, now with Oakland, walked across the infield to talk with old friend Chris Chambliss (Seattle’s hitting coach) – and got stuck there during the national anthem.
Yes, the Athletics got all over him.
“I’ve known Chris since 1983, when we were both with Atlanta,” Perry said. “Chambliss platooned at first base with Bob Watson – and I got stuck in the minors another year.
“I didn’t like him much that year, but we’ve been friends ever since.”
The Seattle offense didn’t manage many hits (six) but scored six runs with the first four and beat the A’s, 6-3. In one two-run inning, the Mariners used four walks and a wild pitch to score twice. ...Outfielder Johermyn Chavez put his arm on display again – throwing out his second baserunner of the spring, this one at second base. ... There were 11 walks, six issued by Oakland. ... Rookie reliever Josh Lueke continues to dominate hitters. In his third appearance, he went two innings and allowed one baserunner.
The M’s host San Francisco in a 12:05 p.m. (PST) game. Probable starting pitchers: Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong vs. Jason Vargas.