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Franklin Gutierrez undergoing more medical tests for year-long stomach problems

Mar 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT


Franklin Gutierrez remains sidelined by the stomach problems that have plagued him since last season and Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the center fielder will undergo additional medical tests.

Two weeks ago the Mariners announced that Gutierrez had been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and would be able to manage the issue through diet and medication, with team trainer Mitch Storey calling it “just a simple thing” while adding that “there’s nothing wrong with him … he’s not sick.”

Apparently that has changed, or it was never true in the first place. General manager Jack Zduriencik told LaRue that “it’s bothering him and we’re waiting for more test results … Franklin doesn’t feel strong.”

His status for Opening Day is now in doubt, although figuring out the cause of Gutierrez’s stomach problems is obviously a much bigger concern than his readiness for early April games. Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders are the in-house options to replace Gutierrez in center field.

  1. purdueman - Mar 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I don’t know why the media always has to sugarcoat things. Why refer to a malady as being “a slow digestive tract” instead of simply stating that “the dude has a serious issue with on going constipation resulting in a bad case of the piles”?

    His constipation problems can be I’m sure easily solved with a change in diet, taking supplemental fiber (like Metamucil), and pounding down a nice cold big old glass of prune juice at breakfast every morning (which tastes by the way a heck of a lot better than the more popular V8 juice). This isn’t rocket science folks!

  2. BC - Mar 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Could be his gall bladder went kerflooey (medical term). Or worse, an intestinal blockage.

    • purdueman - Mar 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      Nahh… removing a gall bladder is routine surgery these days and if the Mariners doctors had ANY inclination that that might be the problem, they’d yank it out just as quickly as they would an appendix. I’m sure too that by now he’s had a colonoscopy in order to rule out any intestinal blockage too.

      The bottom line has to be a bad diet, because it’s obvious that everytime the dude goes to the john he just sits, and sits and sits and has more than enough time to catch up on his reading! I bet he’s got the piles/hemorrhoids from all the straining he must be doing as well.

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