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Franklin Gutierrez on verge of return from stomach problems

May 17, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez has yet to play this season due to ongoing stomach problems that date back to last year, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Gold Glove center fielder “will rejoin the team as early as Wednesday” barring a setback.

Gutierrez has been playing at Triple-A and Eric Wedge told Baker that “he’s feeling good.” However, the manager also cautioned: “I don’t want to get ahead of myself. We’ve been there before.”

His replacements have been terrible, as Mariners center fielders have combined to hit just .169 with a .554 OPS that ranks dead last in the league. Michael Saunders has been the primary fill in after initially splitting time there with Ryan Langerhans.

  1. IdahoMariner - May 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    I’ve missed seeing him in the outfield — and I bet his pitchers have, too.

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