ATLANTA -- Catcher Miguel Olivo spent last season with the Royals and caught all but one of Zack Greinke's starts, and Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award.
Now, however, Greinke is 0-2 with more runs scored against him (10) than were scored in his first 10 starts last year (eight). Olivo has yet to speak to Greinke, but he has talked to other Royals.
"We're good friends, and I feel bad for him -- I know that's not him," Olivo said. "But things happen. I'm not there. I don't know what's going on. That's baseball. But you know what kind of stuff he has. I've seen some little things on [TV]. I'm just praying he gets out of that slump and gets back to the way he can pitch."
Olivo entered Saturday night's game against the Braves hitting .421 (8-for-19) with two home runs and a double. He also believes that he has made some forward strides defensively. Working with Mark Strittmatter, the Rockies' catching coach and bullpen catcher, Olivo is reducing his glove movement.
"In Spring Training, they told me I was doing a good job, but they wanted me to be more quiet with the glove, and I'm doing that," he said. "I'm not moving my glove as much. I'm trying to move my body and catch the ball clean in front of my body."