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Franklin Gutierrez continues to be snakebit, gets hit in the face with a pickoff throw

Jun 29, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played all year until a couple of weeks ago because of multiple health problems including, but not limited to, a torn pectoral muscle and a heel injury. In the past he had some awful stomach intestinal illness. He just can’t catch a break. And it’s not getting better. From last night’s game:

Gutierrez led off the fourth inning with Seattle’s first hit off Boston starter Franklin Morales. Gutierrez took his lead at first and Morales attempted a pickoff. His throw over to first was slightly into the runner, tipped off the end of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez‘s glove and hit Gutierrez near his right ear – where his helmet doesn’t have an ear flap.

Gutierrez immediately fell to the ground and was face down for several minutes before being helped back to the clubhouse. He was replaced by Michael Saunders.

Gutierrez sustained a mild concussion and is on the seven-day DL. Sad to see such a fun-to-watch player have so much bad stuff happen to him.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    And those classy mariner fans actually booed Morales.

    • gogigantos - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Not his fault for sure, just one of those stinky things that happen. Still, gotta boo somebody, don’t ya?

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM


    • skeleteeth - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      I was in and out of the room after it happened but I didn’t hear boos until Morales threw over right after Saunders replaced Gutierrez, before throwing another pitch.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        You gotta admit its dumb but I also got cop to doing it.

      • gogigantos - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        tis neh very sporting, eh

    • offthelows - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      he was booed because he repeatedly threw to first base. That happens in any park with the road team pitching. Get over it.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Anything short of a broken jaw is good news. I saw him writhing in pain on the ground and figured it was really bad. First broadcaster remark was “this is the reason for double flaps”. Hope he’s ok.

  3. canucks18 - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    They should have booed Gonzalez!!geesh… What do they use those big leather things for if they can’t catch the ball…

    • sabatimus - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Because Morales’ throw was atrocious. And hey, does your handle indicate you’re a Boston hater?

    • sabatimus - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      What good is Luongo’s glove if he can’t catch the puck?

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