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Franklin Gutierrez taking stomach problems to Mayo Clinic

Apr 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez‘s ongoing stomach problems continue to stump the Mariners and various doctors he’s seen, so the Gold Glove center fielder is now headed to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Gutierrez, who’s been sidelined since mid-March and also struggled with the stomach issue for much of last season, began working out with the Mariners last week in the hopes of beginning a minor-league rehab assignment before the same digestive tract difficulty shut him down again.

In his absence the Mariners have turned to 31-year-old journeyman Ryan Langerhans as their primary center fielder, with 24-year-old Michael Saunders also seeing significant action there. Together they’ve combined to hit just .167 through 17 games.

  1. BC - Apr 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I’m betting the guy needs his gall bladder yanked. Hopefully that’s all it is.

    • cur68 - Apr 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      I hope that’s it, too. GB surgery is relatively quick and easy. A bit like jerking an appendix. The trouble is that its more or less easy to diagnose a balky GB. You don’t need the Mayo Clinic for that. I fear his problems are going to be complicated. He’s in for about a dozen blood tests and they’ll make him swallow a camera and have a look see. Then the fun will start. Hope he doesn’t mind needles.

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