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Franklin Gutierrez returns from DL after missing first 41 games with irritable bowel syndrome

May 18, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez‘s stomach problems dating back to last season were finally diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome last month and the Mariners’ center fielder has been activated from the disabled list after missing the first 41 games.

Gutierrez’s production suffered down the stretch last season, but even at less than full strength he almost can’t help but be a huge upgrade over what fill-ins Michael Saunders and Ryan Langerhans gave the Mariners in his absence. They combined to hit just .173 with a .556 OPS that ranks dead last in the league.

When he’s right Gutierrez is a .275 hitter with 20-homer power, 20-steal speed, and exceptional range in center field. He hit well while rehabbing in the minors, so the hope is that Gutierrez is finally healthy.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    This article gave me Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Let’s hope his hitting isn’t as crappy as his condition.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      I’m thinking his offensive numbers aren’t going to “bowl” anyone over.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        As long as he doesn’t look pooped in the outfield, he should go back to hitting consistently.

      • deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Regardless of how he plays, you can probably flush the Mariners chances of doing anything in the AL anyway.

      • Ace - May 18, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        They’re a much better team when he’s a regular player.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      What are the Mariners going to do if he lays a bomb and stinks up the joint?

      • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        They’ll question his intestinal fortitude.

    • deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      I think just as important as his hitting is how he runs.

      • cur68 - May 18, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        True, but if he’s scouring the basepaths they might over look him laying one in the field occasionally.

  3. banksatdixie - May 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Man….thats the shits.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Regardless of this all, he still has quite a female following. Somewhat of a fan club. Their latest apparel.

    http://images4.cpcache.com/product/74437864v1_480x480_Front_Color-White.jpg

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