Once he got the full picture, Edgar Olmos didn’t mind getting scratched from his Sunday start
ARLINGTON, Texas — With their bullpen overworked after three miserable games in Boston, the Mariners made a roster move to provide a fresh arm against the Rangers.
Left-hander Edgar Olmos was scratched from his start Sunday for Class AAA Tacoma and was recalled to the Mariners on Monday. The Rainiers are playing in Oklahoma City so it was a quick trip for him.
“I was kind of angry,” Olmos said of being told he was scratched from his Sunday start. “I was like, ‘Why can’t I start? I’ve been getting ready for the last hour. Why now?’ He was like, ‘Well, you might go up and meet the team in Texas in the big leagues.’ And I said, ‘Oh, OK.’ ”
Olmos replaces left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who was optioned to Tacoma after appearing in all three games against the Red Sox.
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“It was the obvious move,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We really didn’t have any other thing to do. (Rasmussen) pitched well for us. We told him that and told him he’ll be back with us at some point. I liked what I saw. He threw the ball well.”
Olmos was claimed off waivers in November from the Marlins. He was designated for assignment before spring training when the Mariners signed Rickie Weeks. The Rangers claimed Olmos off waivers, but he was returned to the Mariners after a dispute about a shoulder issue. Texas said Olmos was hurt. The waivers claim was voided and Olmos returned to the Mariners.
He was hurt. Olmos had told the Mariners he was dealing with shoulder stiffness in January and it persisted into spring training.
“Yeah, I let them know in January that it wasn’t feeling 100 percent, so they were monitoring it,” he said. “We kind of did some pre-hab stuff with it, just to keep it under control, but it got a little worse. When I went over to Texas, that’s when the doctor found out it was posterior cuff impingement. So they sent me back here, I got healthy and now I’m happy.”
He wasn’t healthy immediately.
“It took from April to June,” he said. “In June, I finally felt back to my old self. And after five outings, I felt like, ‘OK, I’m good. I’m in the clear.’”
Olmos made 18 relief appearances and was then added to the rotation. He’s made two starts. Overall, he’s 1-1 with a save and a 3.55 ERA, but he has pitched better in recent weeks, posting a 1.53 ERA in his past nine outings.
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