PEORIA, Ariz. - The first official health scare of the spring for the Seattle Mariners was the same one they ended the 2010 season worried about - Franklin Gutierrez and his ailing stomach.
The Gold Glove center fielder was sent to Seattle to be examined by team doctors as the Mariners try to determine what’s causing their star’s stomach issues and how to deal with it.
“He’s been able to do everything, but we want to be proactive with this, get ahead of it and stay ahead of it,” manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s still hanging around, so we sent him to Seattle.”
Gutierrez missed playing time late last season, sitting out the final series in Seattle when his stomach kept him off the field. Wedge said the issue has cropped up “on and off” this spring.
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How soon Gutierrez returns to the team depends upon when he gets back – and what tests determine is wrong.
“We’re just not going to speculate,” Wedge said of the tests. “I don’t expect this to be a season-long situation.”
Wedge said even before the stomach became an issue, he’d determined giving Gutierrez a few more days off during the season would help keep him fresh throughout the year.