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Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:37 pm

Olivo's status still uncertain

Miguel OlivoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Mariners updated the status of catcher Miguel Olivo, and well, it's pretty much no update.

The MRI revealed no tear of his strained groin muscle and the team said it would "proceed cautiously," the Seattle Times reports.

Olivo will continue to throw, but won't catch or hit.

As we talked about earlier today when discussing the Astros' search for a replacement for Jason Castro, there's not a whole lot of catchers out there. While the Astros would like another catcher, the Mariners will need one if Olivo isn't ready for the start of the season.

Besides Olivo, the team has just one other catcher on the 40-man roster and that's Adam Moore. Moore was scratched from Monday's lineup, so that's not good either. The team has Josh Bard, Chris Giminez and Steve Baron in Major League camp as non-roster invitees.

Olivo told reporters yesterday he would be fine for opening day, but players can afford to be more optimistic than front offices. Bard is the most experienced of the three remaining catchers in camp, playing in 39 games for the Mariners last season, while compiling 1,894 plate appearances in the big leagues over nine seasons. He's a career .256/.323/.387 and will be 33 by opening day.

In a quiet offseason for the Mariners, Olivo was the team's big splash, giving him a two-year, $7 million deal.

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