07/04/11 4:53 PM ET
Wedge gives slumping Gutierrez day off
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
Manager Eric Wedge said he had a sit-down with the veteran outfielder prior to Monday's game and told him to use the day to work on some things, with the plan to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Gutierrez, who missed the first six weeks of the season battling a stomach issue, went just 4-for-29 in the Mariners just-completed home stand, and was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts on Sunday.
"He's a little in-between up there right now," Wedge said of his hitting approach. "He's trying to fight through it. Work is never an issue with these guys. The work is being done. But ultimately, I just felt like we needed a little chit-chat to see where he's at and what he's feeling. Not just mentally, but what he's feeling at home plate. We'll get him back in there tomorrow night."
Wedge believes that Gutierrez is back to full strength after his stomach problem.
"I don't think the physical part is an issue anymore," he said.
Gutierrez says he's just focused on getting himself squared away to help the team as best he can.
"I've been working hard this year," said the Gold Glove outfielder. "It's been a little crazy for me, but I'm still working every day. I know the numbers don't show what I've been working on, but the most important thing for me is how I feel physically and how I'm helping my team. That's what I'm concentrating on. Every day, every at-bat. And if I don't do it offensively, I try to help defensively."
Olivo sits out for fifth straight day
SEATTLE -- Miguel Olivo was out of the lineup for a fifth straight day on Monday, as the Mariners catcher continues to recover from a right hamstring muscle that tightened up on him last Tuesday.
Olivo did some drills with trainer Rick Griffin prior to Monday afternoon's game against the A's and ran the bases a little bit to test the leg, but Josh Bard started again with still-unused rookie Jose Yepez available for backup if needed.
Olivo was something of an ironman for the Mariners in the first three months, but they're being cautious rather than risking a more significant problem.
"It's not 100 percent, but it's closer," Olivo said. "I don't want to mess it up more though."
"He's feeling better," manager Eric Wedge said. "Today was a good day. He wants to play. Mainly it's the running. That's where he's feeling it more than anything. He's caught a bullpen, he's been hitting and throwing. The main focus was the running."
The Mariners moved backup catcher Chris Gimenez to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday to create a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Blake Beavan. Wedge said that Gimenez suffered a Grade 3 strain of his oblique, a level of injury that will take several months to heal.
Olivo's situation remains in the day-to-day category, with his return imminent.
"We feel confident that he's going to be able to go in the next couple days," Wedge said. "We'll keep rolling with Bard as long as we need to. And we've got Yepez here as kind of a safety net for us."
Beavan joins rare company with win
OAKLAND -- Rookie right-hander Blake Beavan became only the second starting pitcher in Mariners history to win his first game in the Majors while allowing one run or less, with his seven-inning gem on Sunday against the Padres.
Beavan, called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill in for the injured Erik Bedard, allowed just one run on three hits in the 3-1 victory
Pat Rice won his MLB debut with 5 2/3 shutout innings for the Mariners at Yankee Stadium on May 18, 1991.
That turned out to be Rice's only Major League victory, a fate that Beavan hopes to avoid. He'll get a chance to zoom past Rice's career win total in his next start on Friday at Anaheim, with Bedard expected back after the All-Star break.
The 6-foot-7 Texan was still basking in the glow of his opening win on Monday as the team arrived at Oakland Coliseum for the start of its three-game series with the A's.
"It's just good to get that first one out of the way," Beavan said. "It was fun. It still really hasn't hit me yet. You definitely know where you are though. It's a lot different. Everything is better up here. You can't ask for anything more, really."
Nor could Beavan have hoped for anything more from his initial outing. He became just the ninth Mariners pitcher to get the win as a starter in his Major League debut, and the first since Travis Blackley on July 1, 2004.
For the youngster acquired from Texas last year in the Cliff Lee deal, it was a dream come true.
"Ever since I was little, I've always wanted to pitch in the big leagues," he said. "I wanted to be at this level one day. No matter how long it took me, I was going to keep working for it. Luckily I got the opportunity to come up here and get a start, and it was a good time."
It took Beavan one inning to calm down and get into a groove.
"That first inning, my heart was coming out of my chest pretty good," he said. "Then I realized that it was just another game and another hitter in the box. You have to settle down and just throw your game and trust your stuff. Just try to throw strikes. That was like my only goal yesterday, just go out and compete and throw strikes."