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Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome

Apr 23, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez finally got some answers about his stomach problems this week after visiting Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.

According to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and has been prescribed medication that he can take before each meal to curb some of his digestive issues.

He should be able to begin working out again soon and will travel with the Mariners on their upcoming six-game road trip to Detroit and Boston.

“I’ve been having this a long time and nobody knew what I had, so knowing now this is what I have (and) can be treatable makes me feel better mentally and now I want to feel better physically, too, to get ready and be here again,” Gutierrez said. “It’s going to take time for the medicine to work. Let’s see how it goes.”

The M’s placed Gutierrez on the disabled list before Opening Day, so he’s eligible to return at any time. If the medication takes effect and he is able to get back in shape quickly, a late April return may still be possible.

  1. cur68 - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    The poor kid has what is likely to be an ongoing, chronic, painful condition that he will probably be stuck with for the rest of his life. I wouldn’t wish this on any one. Depending on symptoms (and its a laundry list comprised of many contradicting, competing, and non-specific symptoms) he could take over George ‘Poopy Pants’ Brett’s role as guy with the most embarrassing story. oy, oy, oy…

  2. xpensivewinos - Apr 24, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Seems like a rather run of the mill diagnosis considering how long he’s had the problem and how many doctors he’s been too. The Mariners doctors apparently didn’t finish anywhere near the top of their class.

    There’s more to it than simply irritable bowel syndrome. He must have some serious food issues………..that he still is probably not aware of.

    Not fun. Hope he finds the right doctor and nutritionist.

  3. frankvzappa - Apr 24, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    he should try toking up some reefer…i heard it works real well for stomach problems and such…not that ive ever tried it myself every day since high school, of course…

  4. wiffle4 - Apr 24, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    It’s time to go gluten free for a few months (maybe forever). It worked for Timmy Curran in the surf world and now has him back competing after being out for a long time.

  5. Jonny 5 - Apr 24, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    • frankvzappa - Apr 24, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      that will teach me to click play on every video i see

  6. kdubb0846 - Apr 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    that’s pretty crappy…..tee hee hee

  7. mpc824 - Apr 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    He can’t play cause he’s gotta go poopy…………………….poor guy

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 25, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      Yeah. Constantly. Try living like that.

  8. BC - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Just has to make sure he’s near a men’s room at all times. Not fun.

  9. mashoaf - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Maybe he has the famous Babe Ruth, “bellyache heard round the world syndrome.” From his 1925 season.

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