Olmedo willing to don catcher's gear

Olmedo willing to don catcher's gear

CHICAGO -- Utility infielder Ray Olmedo does not exactly fit the prototypical catcher's frame at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. But following A.J. Pierzynski's third-inning ejection Saturday, Olmedo warmed up pitchers between innings and was ready to go in case something happened to Tyler Flowers.

"I'm ready for everything, all the time," said a smiling Olmedo.

"He was putting his gear on yesterday when I was walking around in the clubhouse," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of his latest emergency catcher. "It's one thing on paper. It's a whole other thing to see him walking around in the gear." 

Olmedo caught bullpens for two weeks while with Triple-A Charlotte and might try to do the same with the White Sox.

"Sometimes practicing different positions is good for you," said Olmedo, who hasn't caught since he was a little kid. "I do it because I like it."