The Marlins put catcher Miguel Olivo on the restricted list Saturday after he left the team after the first inning of Friday’s 5-4 win against St. Louis. Olivo, for his part, just wants to be somewhere other than the Marlins bench.
That’s where Olivo has been since the return of Jeff Mathis from the disabled list. Mathis and Rob Brantly have take all but one catching start over the past month.
Olivo, hitting .203 with four home runs this season, said he has asked the Marlins three times for his release, most recently before Friday’s game.
“They say we need you for pinch-hitting,” Olivo, 34, said.
“I said I’ve never been a pinch-hitter in my life. That’s not my game.”
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that with Logan Morrison and Placido Polanco out with bad backs, Olivo’s departure left the team with a short bench.
“You’re always in shock,” Redmond said of Olivo leaving. “I’ve never been involved in something like that. To have somebody leave after batting practice. I think everyone was kind of in shock. I know it wasn’t an ideal situation for him, not getting to play a lot. At the same time, the team relies on you.
“Had that happened after the game, it would’ve been probably a different situation. But do it during the game and put your team in a tough spot, it’s tough on your teammates and coaches.”
Being on the restricted list means Olivo won’t be paid, but he also can’t sign with another team.
“I’m just praying to God they release me and don’t be selfish,” he said. “I’ve been very professional. I’ve done everything I could to help the team. They’re only hurting one person, and that’s me. I’m a nice person. I don’t want to hurt nobody.”
The Marlins called up outfielder Jordan Brown. Earlier this season with the Marlins, Brown went 3 for 8 with a double and five RBI. He’s hitting .259 with two homers and 16 RBI in Triple A this season.
Redmond said he wasn’t sure if Morrison and his back would be ready for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
“He said he feels a lot better than he did yesterday,” Redmond said. “We don’t want to chance it if there’s any hesitancy or any tightness in his back.”
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-7, 3.80 ERA) vs. St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons (2-2, 3.51), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 1.80) at Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.28), 9:40 p.m., Chase Field.
• Scouting report: Corbin was the National League Pitcher of the Month for May. The Diamondbacks have won all 13 games he has started this season. Turner pitched well in his previous start, going seven innings in a no-decision against the Brewers. He gave up four runs, three earned, in the Marlins’ 5-4 win.
Miami Herald sportswriter Clark Spencer contributed to this report.