Olivo bucks trend with solid April

Olivo bucks trend with solid April

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo just completed a month in which he hit .291, leads all National League catchers with five home runs and has thrown out a Major League-high seven would-be basestealers.

All this, and he's best known as the guy who passed a kidney stone during a game in Colorado recently.

"It came out so fast," Olivo said. "It was a little one so I was lucky. I had surgery for kidney stones when I was in Seattle."

Called the "toughest man in baseball" by one television personality, Olivo helped keep the Rockies swimming at the .500 level through April, a month which had generally been his cruelest.

Olivo entered this year with a career mark of .220 in the month of April, 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. The average was his lowest of any month. That distinction now belongs to July after Olivo's favorable numbers this opening month.

"I feel the stroke," Olivo said. "I've worked hard on my hitting, mostly because this is such a good group of guys and they get me excited about playing here."