Olivo goes on 15-day DL after being treated for kidney stones

Updated: July 1, 2004, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners put catcher Miguel Olivo on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, one day after doctors fitted him with a stent to remove kidney stones.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

Acquired Sunday in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, Olivo made his Seattle debut in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Texas. He probably won't rejoin the team until at least next Wednesday in Toronto.

"We think our most prudent course is to be sure Miguel is fully recovered before we put him back in a game," general manager Bill Bavasi said.

Team doctor Larry Pedegana said the removal of a kidney stone causes inflammation in the tube that runs from the kidney to the bladder. A stent is required to keep the tube from swelling shut.

"Being out over a week and having the things that go along with it, the anesthesia and all, and trying to run him back out there with only five games before the break, we'll let him rest a little," manager Bob Melvin said.

Olivo is expected to have the stent removed Monday or Tuesday. Bavasi said the Mariners placed him on the DL "to remove any uncertainty about his availability and make sure he doesn't try to rush back before he is completely ready."

Melvin said Olivo could work a minor-league rehabilitation assignment during the All-Star break. He should be at full strength after the break.

"We didn't want to rush him back after the ordeal he's had," Melvin said.

Olivo joined Seattle in the five-player trade that sent right-hander Freddy Garcia to the White Sox.

To replace Olivo on the roster, the Mariners recalled third baseman Justin Leone, one of their top hitting prospects, from Triple-A Tacoma.

"Leone can play just about anywhere in the infield, and he's a right-handed bat with some power," Melvin said. "We'll have our guns a little more loaded going to St. Louis."

The 27-year-old Leone, Seattle's 13th-round selection in the June 1999 draft, was in uniform for Thursday's game. He was hitting .269 in 68 games at Tacoma, ranking third in the Pacific Coast League with 21 homers.

Left-hander Travis Blackley was called up and won Thursday's 8-4 win over Texas, pushing scheduled starter Matt Thornton into the bullpen. The moves gave Seattle more depth going into a three-game interleague series at St. Louis.

"We'll have a seven-man pen and a bigger bench," Melvin explained. "It works well for me in St. Louis, where we can make some moves, use our pinch hitters and still have some guys."

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