Jaso's role at catcher will be limited

Jaso's role at catcher will be limited

Jaso's role at catcher will be limited
SEATTLE -- John Jaso started his third game of the season at designated hitter on Thursday, but manager Eric Wedge said the left-handed hitter won't likely see much time behind the plate under the current rotation.

Fans have been eager to see more of Jaso after he went 3-for-8 with a triple, home run and four RBIs in his first two games after being acquired in an offseason trade from Tampa Bay for Josh Lueke. But Wedge is sticking with his plan of using veteran Miguel Olivo as the normal starter and working rookie Jesus Montero in several days a week.

Montero has been the DH nine times and started at catcher three times in Seattle's first 13 games. He got the day off Thursday, with Jaso at DH.

"Miggy is our starting catcher," Wedge said. "Jesus is going to get time as well. It's going to be tough to get Jaso back there. Not that I'm against it by any means, but right now I feel like we have to give the time to Miggy and Jesus. I still want to get Jaso's bat in the lineup from time to time, so that's what we're trying to do. He does a good job working and staying sharp."

Olivo was hitting just .125 going into Thursday's game, but Wedge believes the veteran will be fine. Olivo, 33, hit .224 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs in 130 games last season.

"We're trying to get him going," Wedge said. "We've had conversations and I've been pleased with what he did this spring. He's working up the middle more, trying to go the other way, which is against what you've seen in the past from him typically.

"He did a nice job with it [in spring], but I think he's been a little anxious here early on. He's been pressing a little bit. But his confidence hasn't wavered, he still feels like he's going to hit and I do, too. But he just has to do some things from an adjustment period to make that happen."