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Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) cleared to begin throwing

Mar 31, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was put on the disabled list before Wednesday’s season-opener in Japan and won’t be in the Seattle starting lineup Friday when the team gets going state-side. But he should be ready to rock by the end of April.

According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez was recently cleared to begin throwing and played catch against a wall Friday in Mariners camp.

The 29-year-old has been hitting for more than two weeks without experiencing any lingering pain or discomfort in the area of his once torn pectoral muscle.

Gutierrez batted just .224/.261/.273 last season while fighting oblique and stomach issues, but he’s an elite defender and an important piece of the M’s roster. Michael Saunders will continue to fill in.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I’m glad his pectorals are OK; at least it wasn’t fin rot or ick. But I would take a closer look at his caudals; they’re a bit downstream of his cloaca and probably more susceptible to topical infections therefore.

    • nworca - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Are you sure that you aren’t confusing Guttierez with Mike Carp?

      • Old Gator - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        Mike Trout, maybe. Randy or Brian Bass? Tim Salmon?

        And the Marlins, of course….

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