PEORIA, AZ. Miguel Olivo went down in a heap at home plate Saturday, the pain in his left leg such that “I didnt want to keep running, he said.
Sunday saw no running for Olivo in the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp, and there wont be any at all this week.
Even so, the injury may not be as bad as it first appeared when Olivo did a face plant on home plate in Peoria Stadium in the second inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians.
“From yesterday to today, I didnt think Id be walking, but Im walking OK, Olivo said Sunday morning after returning to the Mariner complex following an MRI of his left leg. “Walking is fine. When I move the leg side-to-side, I feel it.
There was no radiologist available Sunday to interpret the MRI, so that will have to wait until Bonday. But the smile had returned to Olivos face as he soaked in the thought that he wont be missing too much time.
Asked if he would be ready to play opening day, he broke out his smile and said, “I know Im going to be there.
Since the Mariners wont have a medical diagnosis until at least Monday, Olivo said the initial plan for him calls for one to two weeks of rest before he begins riding a stationary bike and doing pool work. He has about four weeks to get healthy if hes going to start the season on the active roster.
Olivo said Saturday “was the best day I felt all spring before he tried to tag up and score on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The ball was hit deep enough that there was no throw to the plate, so he wasnt running full-out, but he was coming hard enough that the leg muscle rebelled.
Rather than easing up, Olivo opted to take a tumble.
“I just dropped, he said. “I didnt want to keep pushing. Things happen. I know Ill be back soon because I like to work hard. When you work hard, things get better. The doctor said he was glad I did that because if Id kept running, it would have been worse.
“This is the first time Ive had any injury. Im not going to be like a little baby. Im not going to do that babysitting thing. Ill work hard and follow the doctor’s plan with one weeks rest and then well see.
Josh Bard was in the lineup Sunday against the Giants in Scottsdale, and he and Adam Moore figure to get most of the at-bats that Olivo will now miss.
Manager Eric Wedge said the club would wake a wait-and-see attitude toward Olivos return.
“He felt better last night and better again this morning, Wedge said. “Thats good.
NOTES: It wasnt a good day Sunday for left-handed pitcher Nate Robertson, who is hoping to make the club as one of the five starters. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, then gave up four hits, two walks and four runs in innings Nos.2 and 3 of a game the Mariners lost to the Giants in Scottsdale, 6-1. “From the second inning on, I had trouble finishing off a couple of pitches, Robertson said. “And there is no excuse to walk those guys. On the plus side, Robertson said he arm feels “great, his legs feel “good, and he feels capable of winning a job. “(Other pitchers) have more leeway coming off the years they had here last year. This is the time I need to make an impression. Robertson made a nice showing with two shutout innings in his first start, so hes 1-for-2 in making good impressions. “He had good stuff, Wedge said. “He just didnt finish off a few pitches. (But) the ball moved. 1B Justin Smoak made a leaping catch in the second inning that he turned into a double play, limiting San Franciscos output that inning to just one run. “That was a helluva play, because that ball was smoked, no pun intended, Wedge said. “It was a nice jump and immediate reaction. Ryan Langerhans had two of Seattles six hits, and his opposite-field double in the sixth inning drove in the Mariners only run. The Mariners didnt bring their “A lineup, leaving Saturdays top three hitters Ichiro Suzuki, Chone Figgins and Franklin Gutierrez back in Peoria, but they have yet to prove they can score consistently with any lineup. Seattle scored three or more runs in each of the first four games of the Cactus League season, but they have scored exactly one run in three of their last four games, all losses. After scoring 19 runs in the first two games, Seattle has scored 18 runs in its next six games. Rookie second baseman Dustin Ackley, who was converted to second base last year, made a throwing error past first base in the sixth inning, his first of the spring. “It was a tough play, Wedge said. “Thats a play hell make in time. We need to get him out there enough to give him the reps. Its tough to duplicate that play (in practice). Ackleys error and a walk put reliever Brandon League in a two-on, none-out hole in the sixth, but he rebounded with a strikeout, fly out and grounder to get his first scoreless inning of the spring.