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Franklin Gutierrez to sit out the season after relapse of symptoms

Feb 13, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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Franklin Gutierrez re-signed with the Mariners in mid-December and said he was “feeling good” after dealing with an assortment of health issues during the past three seasons, but the team announced that he now plans to sit out the entire season.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the center fielder has been placed on the restricted list after symptoms related to his gastrointestinal problems returned, writing: “Gutierrez didn’t feel it was fair to the Mariners to come to spring training in his condition and has decided to focus on his health.”

It’s yet another tough break in a long line of tough breaks for Gutierrez, who once looked capable of developing into one of the best all-around center fielders in the league by combining solid hitting with exceptional defense. Unfortunately that was 2009 and he’s hit just .243 with a .652 OPS since then while missing 243 of a possible 324 games during the past two years.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    He apparently has ankylosing spondylitis which is both incredibly rare and extemely painful. He will not play baseball ever again. He’s been sabotaged by his own body.

    • raysfan1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Not that rare, but it does suck.

    • shinnstoneer - Jun 24, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      I know this is over a year old but he’s made it back to the Majors. As someone who has AS this development is heart warming and amazing. I don’t know how severe his case is at this time but I guess I can assume it isn’t among the worst as there would be no way for him to play. I hope he can raise awareness while not giving off the false impression that everyone with AS should be able to do anything if he can play MLB. I’m a Mariners fan for as long as he is up with the team.

  2. plmathfoto - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Very sad, very good talent, hope his health issues get better, prayers for he and his family and friends.

  3. rbj1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Darn shame. Best of luck to him.

  4. braddavery - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Add him to the WSOHL list.

  5. ch0psuey - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    What in the world is happening to all these Mariners, sheesh.

  6. mustang6984 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I said last year that the M’s should just shake hands with him and bid him farewell. But no, they signed him again. And now, he gets paid again for nothing. While he may well be sick, WHY should the M’s keep spending money on someone who has NEVER paid any returns. The guy has made millions of dollars for thousands of dollars worth of production! Now, he’s out AGAIN!
    Hopefully they won’t re-sign him next year…this was a 1 year contract if memory serves. Enough already!

    • billybawl - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      They gave him $1M for 2014 only, with incentives. If he’d been able to hang on as even a part-time 4th outfielder, it would have been a steal. So, yeah, they lose that $1M but this won’t get anybody fired.

      • billybawl - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Ha. Post this, then see the M’s may be trying to get out of that $1M after all.

      • wolfmagic2012 - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Too bad, cuz I really want to fire Z.

  7. billybawl - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    What a shame. Fun to watch play CF when he’s been capable.

  8. happytwinsfan - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    looks like friday the 13th fell on a thursday this month for the mariners.

  9. ragray42 - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    such a shame. definitely was a comer.
    best of luck Franklin. get healthy…

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