Mariners Insider Blog

Wells makes way for Olivo; Figgins safe for now

Catcher Miguel Olivo was activated from the disabled list today, and to make room for him on the active roster, the Mariners sent outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A Tacoma. That means there is still a place for little-used Chone Figgins with the team.

Figgins has had 14 at-bats in May – zero hits during that span – and just one plate appearance in the last week. The former starter and leadoff hitter has only one start since he was benched by manager Eric Wedge. For the year, Figgins has a slash line of .180/.245/.290 with 29 strikeouts in 100 at-bats.

Olivo, 33, injured his groin in the ninth inning of the April 30 game, a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay. He was hurt fielding a ball between the mound and home plate. In three rehab games with the Rainiers he went 3-for-13 (.231) including a home run on Wednesday.

Wells became the odd man out, and one reason is because he still has minor league options. Wells is hitting .213 with one homer and six RBI in 47 at-bats over 25 games.