Miguel Olivo expects to miss extended time with groin injury

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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.