ST. PETERSBURG -- Miguel Olivo has never been called on to pitch in a Major League game, but the Mariners catcher was ready and willing after being asked to warm up in the bullpen in the 14th inning of Friday's game with the Rays.
Closer Tom Wilhelmsen, Seattle's last available reliever, wound up giving up the losing run on a one-out hit in the 14th in the 4-3 defeat, leaving Olivo standing in the bullpen.
"In the Minor Leagues, maybe Single-A, I threw in a game. And I warmed up for a game in Colorado when I played for San Diego [in 2005], but I didn't get in that one either," Olivo said.
Olivo, who pitched in youth baseball up until he was 14 or 15, would have welcomed the opportunity.
"Anytime I get on the field, I'm excited," Olivo said. "I went over there and warmed up, Fifi [Felix Hernandez] was telling me stuff about what to do. I was just going to throw hard. I don't throw breaking stuff. I would just throw fastballs. I know I'd be plus-90 [mph] though."
Manager Eric Wedge said he opted for Olivo as his next man up because he's a "veteran guy, good arm, been around."
Wedge said lots of names were lobbed at him and pitching coach Carl Willis as they debated the options on the bench. Among those who weren't considered was Ichiro Suzuki, whom Wedge wasn't going to risk putting in an injury situation on the mound.
"Yeah, that would go over real good if I did that," he said with a grin. "Just put my neck in the guillotine right now. I can't fix it if I'm not here, you know what I mean?"
Ramirez progressing toward rehab start
ST. PETERSBURG -- Erasmo Ramirez threw a 35-pitch simulated outing against live hitters prior to Saturday night's game against the Rays and the Mariners rookie right-hander is tentatively scheduled to make his first rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
Ramirez, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow, threw two innings to teammates Dustin Ackley, Munenori Kawasaki and Miguel Olivo, taking a break between rounds to simulate a game situation.
Among the handful of spectators behind the batting cage was Ken Griffey Jr., who flew in from his Orlando home to exchange well wishes with some of the Mariners personnel.
Manager Eric Wedge said the session went well and the 22-year-old will throw a bullpen session Monday at Safeco Field before joining the Rainiers for his first rehab start.
"I was happy with my command," Ramirez said. "The hitters came to the plate to hit whatever was in the strike zone, so I was happy to see them swinging a lot. I was working more with my breaking ball. I'm not going to throw fastball and changeup the whole game, so I threw curves and sliders. Those are the tough ones. But I felt comfortable."
Ramirez began the season in the Mariners bullpen, then was sent to Triple-A and came back as a starter in June. He was 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA as a starter, including eight innings of three-hit ball in a 1-0 loss to the A's in his third outing. But his fourth start against Boston ended after 2 2/3 hitless innings when he felt pain in his elbow.
Kelley back after missing 14-inning game
ST. PETERSBURG -- As Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley lay in his hotel bed on Friday night, sent home by the team's trainers to get over a sudden illness, he couldn't help but watch the game playing out at Tropicana Field several miles away.
On the night they were short a reliever, the Mariners went through all their available pitchers in the 14-inning game and had catcher Miguel Olivo warming in the bullpen when the Rays finally pushed across the winning run for a 4-3 victory.
"I was trying not to watch so I could get some rest," Kelley said Saturday after rejoining the team. "But I kept thinking, 'Well, I'll just watch the next inning. And the next inning.' And then they said Miggy might come in, so I wanted to watch that. But then I slept til about 1:30 this afternoon, so I did get my rest."
Kelley said he felt much better Saturday and is available to pitch. He knows he might be needed to bail out the overworked bullpen but was still cursing his bad timing with missing the team's longest game this season.
"Of course it happens that way," he said. "Everybody pitches and now the position player is going to pitch and it's the one game I'm not there. I was hoping for 6-7 innings for [Hishashi] Iwakuma, then use one or two relievers and nobody even notices I'm not there.
"But of course, when I'm not there we go through the whole staff and everybody is looking down at the bullpen wondering where I am."
Gutierrez still dealing with headaches
ST. PETERSBURG -- Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will be held out of physical activity for the remainder of this weekend and then re-evaluated by doctors in Seattle on Monday as he continues dealing with post-concussion headaches, manager Eric Wedge said Saturday.
Gutierrez, 29, has been sidelined since getting hit in the right ear with a pickoff throw by Boston's Franklin Morales just over three weeks ago.
"It's unfortunate, but we were told there could be some back and forth with this," Wedge said. "It's just that type of injury and that's what we're seeing. Some days are better than others, but the fact he still has some reoccurring headaches, we're going to shut him down and have the doc look at him Monday."
Gutierrez was hitting .267 in 13 games in June after coming back from a partially torn pectoral muscle when he got nailed by Morales while going back to first base in the fifth inning on June 29. The 2010 Gold Glove winner played just 92 games last year when dealing with a digestive issue and then tearing an oblique muscle after he finally got on the field.
• Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. Pryor already was with the Rainiers on his Minor League rehab stint.
Since going on the DL on June 13 with a strained left groin muscle, he pitched six games with High Desert and four with Tacoma, posting a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and six walks.
• When closer Tom Wilhelmsen gave up the 14th-inning run to the Rays in Friday's 4-3 loss, it ended his scoreless streak of 24 innings, leaving him tied for the fifth-longest string in club history and second longest by a reliever.
• The official scorers made a change on Ben Zobrist's game-winning hit in the 14th inning of Friday's game for the Rays, ruling that he will be credited with a triple instead of the original double on the hit that drove in Carlos Pena off Wilhelmsen.