Seattle Mariners: Miguel Olivo Headed to DL

Jordan BallCorrespondent IMay 1, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 30:  Catcher Miguel Olivo #30 of the Seattle Mariners rounds the bases after his home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 30, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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As if losing games wasn't bad enough, now the Seattle Mariners are going to lose their starting catcher for a couple of weeks. 

In a game squared at one a piece in the bottom of the 10th with the Tampa Bay Rays, Olivo went to field a ball placed between him and pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen. Taking a rather difficult angle, Olivo picked up the ball and attempted to make a jumping throw to throw out the base runner. The throw was off and so was his landing. The Mariners would eventually 3-2 in 12.

As he came down on his right leg, it was very obvious that he was in pain. He immediately grabbed at his inner right thigh and stayed down on the ground until the trainer and manager Eric Wedge came to his aid. He could barely put any weight on his right side as they escorted him to the clubhouse for further examination.

After a few innings, he was diagnosed with a strained right groin. It is an injury he suffered with last season, but this could be worse.. 

For the time being, it is expected that Olivo will be placed on the 15-day DL. It's a shame too, as the 33-year-old catcher was just starting to heat up. With a two hit night, including a home run, Olivo extended his hitting streak to eight games—raising his average from .154 to .210. He also had hit all three of his home runs during the span, including two in as many as nights. 

Though catching depth is not a concern, it will be interesting to see how the Mariners pitching staff will respond having to get used to two new guys in Jesus Montero and John Jaso.

The hitting performance from the position might be upgraded no matter which one is behind the dish that night, as they are both off to good starts at the plate. Adjusting to controlling games and knowing your pitchers is the part that might take some time. 

Also, with Olivo going on the DL, this will open up a spot on the active roster. Though you would usually see a catcher be called up to counteract one going down, don't be surprised to see outfielder/first basemen Mike Carp be called back up. Carp has been rehabbing from a shoulder injury he received on Opening Day in Japan. He has played in 13 games in Triple-A Tacoma and was expected back soon anyways.