May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT
Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress.
According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games.
Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor league rehab assignment, and could join the M’s at some point in mid-June if he’s able to avoid more setbacks.
He’s been on the disabled list since the start of the regular season with a partially torn pectoral muscle and, more recently, plantar fasciitis in his heel. Gutierrez batted .224/.261/.273 in 92 games last season.
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