Miguel Olivo had to be helped off the field last night after suffering a groin injury, saying afterward that it was worse than the groin injury that caused him to miss three weeks last spring.
Olivo told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he “felt a pop” while trying to make a play at first base on a ball hit in front of the plate and “I know it’s not going to be easy.”
Fortunately for the Mariners they have excellent catching depth, with rookie Jesus Montero and former Rays starter John Jaso ready to split time behind the plate. In fact, prior to Olivo’s injury they had used Jaso exclusively as a designated hitter.
Montero began last night’s game at DH, with Jaso on the bench, but then shifted behind the plate following Olivo’s injury and later homered. Olivo has hit just .210 with a .575 OPS and his usual league-leading passed ball count, so it’s not exactly a huge downgrade for Seattle.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.