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Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp to see doctor about stomach problems

Feb 24, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez has left Mariners camp in Arizona and returned to Seattle to see a doctor about ongoing stomach problems.

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the Gold Glove-winning center fielder “has suffered from severe stomach pains since the second half of last season” and has been unable “to find out what the problem is” despite undergoing an endoscopy exam in Venezuela during the offseason.

Baker reports that Gutierrez’s condition is not considered serious at the moment and the Mariners are actually hopeful that he’ll be able to return to camp as soon as tomorrow, although obviously that depends on what, if anything, the doctor finds.

Gutierrez’s amazing defense was finally recognized with the Gold Glove award last season, but he struggled offensively and was particularly unproductive in the second half, which Baker speculates could be due to weight loss as a result of the stomach problems.

  1. thefalcon123 - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Stomach problems are awesome to diagnose because EVERYTHING has stomach problems as a symptom. I was once diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when in reality I was just had the flu.

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