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Gutierrez to play this weekend or go on DL

Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:21 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Franklin GutierrezMariners general manager Jack Zduriencik says Franklin Gutierrez will have to play this weekend or he'll begin the season on the disabled list.

"If he can't get in a game this weekend, we'll probably have to start looking at alternatives," Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Gutierrez was scheduled to have another test on his stomach this morning. Gutierrez has been saddled with a stomach ailment since last season. Earlier this spring the Mariners thought they had a diagnosis nailed down, but Gutierrez's stomach started acting up again.

Gutierrez has played in just nine games this spring. If he goes on the disabled list, Baker speculates that the team will likely keep Michael Saunders to split times with Ryan Langerhans in center.

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