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Franklin Gutierrez ready for rehab assignment

May 15, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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From’s Greg Johns comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez ran the bases for a second time Wednesday in Seattle and is set to begin playing in minor league rehab games on either Thursday or Friday of this week.

Gutierrez has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 23 due to a strained right hamstring. He also spent some time on the shelf earlier this season because of groin tightness. If all goes well in his rehab games, the injury-prone 30-year-old should be back on Seattle’s active roster by early next week.

Gutierrez was batting .259/.286/.537 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 57 plate appearances before suffering the hamstring strain. He’s a .256/.308/.388 career hitter in the major leagues.

  1. fearthehoody - May 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    As an M’s fan, I have never seen anyone softer than Franklin! Charmin soft!

  2. bennoj - May 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Shhh… don’t say his name too loud. The wind from your breath will injure him.

  3. denny65 - May 16, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Gutierrez is approaching Chone status: overpaid and of very little use to the Mariners.

  4. schm1471 - May 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    It’s too bad, he’s a lot of fun to watch when he’s right.

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