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08/17/11 9:00 PM ET

Mariners sign pair of international players

SEATTLE -- Right-handed pitcher Victor Sanchez and outfielder Jose Leal, both 16-year-old Venezuelans, signed as international free agents with the Mariners on Wednesday.

Sanchez, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, was the Mariners' top-rated international prospect, according to Bob Engle, the team's vice president of international operations.

"He is a very strong and sturdy built young man, who has sound pitching mechanics and a quick arm," Engle said. "He is a power pitcher with above-average arm strength and has a chance to have a power curveball. Sanchez is a very good all-around athlete and is extremely poised for a 16-year old."

Leal is a 6-3, 215-pound right-handed hitter.

"Jose is a big, strong, raw-boned player who has the potential to be an above-average Major League player," Engle said. "We feel he has the ability to hit, and hit with power. He is a hard worker and has a great mental approach to the game."

The two youngsters were at Safeco Field on Tuesday, checking out the facilities before signing their contracts.

"We are extremely pleased that both players have decided to sign with our organization," Engle said.

Olivo not in starting lineup for series finale

SEATTLE -- Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo wasn't in the lineup on Wednesday after taking a foul ball off the chin in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 13-7 loss to Toronto, but manager Eric Wedge said the veteran could play if needed.

Olivo was removed from Tuesday game's game in the sixth and replaced by Josh Bard, who was penciled in again Wednesday behind the plate.

"He's feeling better," Wedge said. "He woke up good this morning and tested out good. I'm still playing Bard, but Miguel is available."

Wedge said Olivo, 32, was woozy after taking the hard shot on a foul ball by Edwin Encarnacion.

"He got hit in the jaw, but was just a little hazy there for a while," said Wedge. "We checked him out and he should be OK."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.