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Franklin Gutierrez to begin year on disabled list with mystery stomach problems

Mar 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez, who has spent much of the spring sitting out games while undergoing tests on stomach problems that date back to last season, will begin the year on the disabled list.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Gutierrez “still has received no answers from a battery of medical tests and his return remains uncertain.”

He was initially diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract,” but the Mariners now believe something else is to blame. General manager Jack Zduriencik indicated last week that Gutierrez won’t be cleared to return until the cause is definitively found.

He’ll continue to undergo further testing while Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders take the Gold Glove center fielder’s place in the lineup.

  1. BC - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    I have to think by now they’ve gotten around to checking out his gall bladder, but if not, they need to. That can totally screw up your digestion and/or bring it to a screeching halt.

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