Just after the Marlins wrapped up their batting practice session ahead of Friday night’s series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, backup catcher Miguel Olivo cleaned out his locker and left the club, manager Mike Redmond said Saturday. The action resulted in the 34-year-old major league journeyman being placed on the Marlins’ restricted list. He is still part of the team, but can’t play, won’t be paid and is unable to be wooed away by another franchise. Redmond said Olivo gave no reason for his sudden departure. “I’m assuming it would have something to do with probably his playing time, which obviously has been diminished since [Jeff] Mathis came back,” Redmond said. A source close to Olivo told the Sun Sentinel on Saturday that Redmond called Olivo into his office at the start of Friday’s batting practice. After the 10-minute conversation, Olivo came back out and took his swings. Before first pitch, he was gone. The source said Olivo’s lack of playing time had caused him to threaten to leave in the past. Outfielder Jordan Brown was recalled Saturday from Triple-A New Orleans to fill Olivo’s roster spot. Brown went 3-for-8 with a double an five RBI during a previous stint with the Marlins between May 20-June 2. Signed at the end of spring training to a one-year contract, Olivo joined the Marlins for the second time. He previously spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in Miami. With Mathis, the starting catcher, nursing a broken right collarbone that occurred in a spring training game against St. Louis, Olivo was brought in to help with depth at the position. In 33 games, Olivo hit .203 and drove in nine runs while hitting four homers. He appeared in 11 games since Mathis returned from the injury May 16 against Cincinnati. After a 1-for-3 performance in Friday’s 5-4 win, Mathis was given Saturday off. Rob Brantly caught in his place. “I’ve never been involved in something like that,” said Redmond, who played for 13 seasons, including seven with the Marlins, about Olivo’s departure. “Everyone was kind of in shock. It wasn’t an ideal situation for him, not playing a lot. But at the same time, too, the team relies on you. We all rely on you.
Miguel Olivo placed on restricted list for leaving Marlins
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 15