The Mariners will break camp this afternoon and travel to Albuquerque for a two-game series against the Rockies, but left-hander Garrett Olson won’t be going.
He was sent to the Minor Leagues this morning.
A finger injury suffered during PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice) limited Olson’s work load to 3 1/3 innings this spring. He surrendered eight earned runs, which calculates to a 21.60 ERA.
“I didn’t get to pitch much, and when I did, I wasn’t dazzling,” he told me a few minutes ago. “You know, I certainly didn’t deserve to make this team out of Spring Training.”
Olson said he would report to Triple-A Tacoma later today and start his pursuit of getting back to the Major Leagues.
“The injury set me back, but I got to pitch in an intrasquad game yesterday and I was pleased,” he said. “I have been working on a few things with Rick (pitching coach Rick Adair) and I feel like I am a better pitcher now than coming into Spring Training or even last season.”
The one-inning stint yesterday was the first time he had faced hitters since March 13.
Olson, acquired from the Cubs for pitcher Aaron Heilman on Jan. 28, 2009, appeared in 31 games, including 11 starts, with the Mariners last season, posting a 3-5 record and 5.60 ERA. He also made nine starts for Tacoma, going 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA.
His departure leaves 31 players in camp. The roster must be reduced to 25 players on Sunday and look for the roster to include non-roster invitee Mike Sweeney, all-purpose reserve Matt Tuiasosopo and Rule 5 Draft selection Kanekoa Texeira.
Meanwhile, today’s lineup was just posted:
1. Eric Byrnes, RF
2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
3. Casey Kotchman, 1B
4. Jose Lopez, 3B
5. Mike Sweeney, DH
6. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
7. Josh Wilson, SS
8. Rob Johnson, C
9. Chris Woodward, 2B
RHP Ian Snell
— Jim Street