BALTIMORE -- Humberto Quintero has been on a crash course learning the Mariners pitching staff, but the 11-year Major League catcher says all is going well as he adapts to his new team.
Quintero, 33, was signed a week ago after rookie Mike Zunino went on the disabled list with a broken bone in his hand. With 41-year-old Henry Blanco the only other catcher on the Major League roster, Quintero will be called on to play frequently until Zunino's expected return in September.
"The first couple days were hard," said Quintero. "But Blanco helped me with the pitchers. He told me what the best pitches they've got, and I caught a couple bullpens and I'm good. Henry helped me a lot and I appreciate that."
Quintero caught two games in his first week and was in the lineup again for Friday's series opener against the Orioles. After being released by the Phillies a few days earlier, he landed in a good spot to get immediate playing time.
"I feel bad for Zunino getting hurt," Quintero said. "But I'm glad I'm here. I've made a couple friends here and Blanco made me feel comfortable. I like it here. I like it a lot."
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.