DENVER -- Friday night, Miguel Olivo hoped his presence would bring the Mariners some good luck while he watched his teammates from the disabled list after practicing with the team before the game. Given Kevin Millwood's complete game shutout, it's safe to say, "Mission accomplished."
Next, Olivo, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a strained groin, would like to bring his good bat, glove and arm to the field with the Mariners, and by all accounts he's on pace to do just that during the upcoming homestand, perhaps by the end of next week.
"He looks good," manager Eric Wedge said Saturday after watching him work out with the team for two days. "He's strong, he works his tail off. He had another good day today."
After a couple days working out in Triple-A Tacoma and two more days in Seattle while the Mariners were on the road, the Mariners wanted to see him with the big club before sending him out on a rehab assignment. Olivo arrived Friday afternoon and could head out Sunday to begin a Minor League assignment.
"Tentatively what we're planning on doing is sending him to Iowa tomorrow," Wedge said. "The [Triple-A] club's heading to Iowa. He'll play for Tacoma there on Monday. We plan on catching him a little bit on Monday, DH on Tuesday, and see where he is from there. We'll probably catch him five innings on Monday and DH him the whole game on Tuesday. He's going to need to catch again at least one more time, but that will depend on how he feels on Monday and Tuesday."
If all continues to go well, Olivo's prospects for joining the club for the four-game weekend series against the Angels seems promising.