Olivo says he just needs 1-2 weeks of rest
Miguel Olivo is still waiting word like everyone else on the results of his MRI test on his strained groin muscle, but the Mariners catcher said he was feeling better than expected Sunday and plans to be back soon.
Olivo said the initial plan is for him to rest his left leg completely for 1-2 weeks, then begin riding a bike and working in a pool and see how it progresses.
“From yesterday I didn’t think I’d be able to walk right now, but I’m walking OK,” he said. “ I feel it when I push side to side. But we’ll give it 1-2 weeks and then we’ll see after that.”
Olivo said he felt a twinge when he pushed off third base after tagging up on a sacrifice fly by Sean Kazmar and then grabbed his leg as he approached home, eventually sprawling face first onto the plate.
“I just dropped,” he said. “I didn’t want to keep pushing. Things happen. And yesterday I felt better than any day in Spring Training. I know I’ll be back soon because I like to work hard and when you work hard, things get better.
“This is the first time I’ve had any injury with my body. I’m not going to be like a little baby. I’m not going to babysit that thing. I’ll work hard and follow the doctor with one week’s rest and then we’ll see.”
Olivo said the irony was that he wasn’t even running hard when the muscle gave way, since there was no throw to the plate.
“When I felt it right away I knew because I’d never had that feeling before. That’s why I went down so quick. The doctor said he was glad I did that because if I’d kept running, it would have been worse.
“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “I guarantee you that.”
Will he be ready for Opening Day in April 1?
“I hope so,” he said. “God [willing], I know I’ll be there.”