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Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp with trainer

Feb 28, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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Franklin Gutierrez, who had all sorts of health problems last season but was said to be at full strength this spring, left Mariners camp this morning in a car driven by the team’s trainer.

No further details are known yet, but when asked about the situation by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times general manager Jack Zduriencik said: “I can’t comment on it at this time.”

Baker speculates that “if this was a routine examination not worthy of concern, Zduriencik would have said so.”

Gutierrez hit just .224 with .534 OPS last season and missed 70 games with a significant stomach problem and an oblique injury, giving him back-to-back disappointing years following a breakout 2009 season in which he hit .283 with 18 homers and a .764 OPS while winning a Gold Glove award for brilliant defense in center field.

UPDATE: Baker says Gutierrez hurt his shoulder while making throws from the outfield.

  1. mmason0071 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Too bad. Guti looked like such a great athlete and a certain star a couple of years ago. Maybe Prince Fielder actually has a more durable physique than all these studly looking guys, after all.

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