Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo left the team without permission and was placed on the restricted list, manager Mike Redmond said Saturday.
Olivo, who had seen little playing time recently as the Marlins’ No. 3 catcher, departed Friday after batting practice and before the team’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I’ve never been involved in something like that — to have somebody just leave after batting practice,” Redmond said. “I think everyone was kind of in shock. I know it wasn’t an ideal situation for him, not getting to play a lot, but at the same time the team relies on you.”
Olivo had a .203 average in 33 games this year with the Marlins. He became the No. 3 catcher when Jeff Mathis was activated from the disabled list May 14 and had only 15 at-bats since then.
Outfielder Jordan Brown was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday to take Olivo’s roster spot.
Rangers’ Kinsler returns early
Second baseman Ian Kinsler was back at the top of the Texas Rangers lineup Saturday, returning from his rehabilitation assignment at least a day earlier than expected.
Kinsler, who had been out since May 18 with a ribcage injury, was activated from the disabled list after playing only two games for Double-A Frisco. He was 0-for-8 with a walk in the two games.
“I’m healthy, I’m ready to play,” Kinsler said before leading off and playing second base against Toronto. “There’s no point to play nine more innings in Double-A when I can play nine innings here.”
The Rangers optioned infielder Leury Garcia to Triple-A Round Rock.
Around the leagues
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was sent back to Boston so doctors can examine him after an illness has kept him sidelined for several days. … The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the center-field wall Friday night. The Cubs activated right-handed reliever Shawn Camp from the disabled list. … The Cincinnati Reds put right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sore pitching elbow. … The Milwaukee Brewers called up outfielder Caleb Gindl to replace the injured Ryan Braun, who was put on the 15-day disabled list after Friday night’s game.