DENVER -- In the final leg of a long road trip, Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo joined his teammates and lifted their spirits Friday, working out with the team at Coors Field in preparation for a Minor League rehab assignment.
Olivo has been on the disabled list with a strained right groin since May 1, but after working out with the Triple-A club in Tacoma at the beginning of the week, he is close to returning to game action.
"Close? I'm ready," Olivo said before the series opener with the Rockies. "They told me to come here [so they could] see me and [I could] show I'm ready. I'm not the manager or the GM. Whatever they say to do, I just do it."
The Mariners are 5-11 without Olivo, and his teammates greeted him joyously in the Coors Field clubhouse.
"It's my team," Olivo said regarding a frustrating 1-6 trip through New York, Boston and Cleveland. "I have feeling for the team, too. They're my friends. It's a tough road trip. I'm back. I'm only one person, but I'll try to do my best. I'm happy to see my teammates. I hope I bring good luck for them."
After two days in Tacoma, hitting and catching bullpens while the Mariners were in Boston, Olivo returned to Seattle for additional workouts while the team was in Cleveland. Going through regular baseball drills with the Mariners in Denver is the final hurdle before he can begin playing games in the Minors.
"He's going to go through everything here the next couple days, and I'm assuming everything will go well," manager Eric Wedge said, noting that Olivo had tried to talk him into activating him on the telephone before coming to Denver. "We'll get him out, and he'll go back to catching and DH for a short period of time, then we'll get him back up here. He feels good."