Tag:Ryan Langerhans
Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:09 pm

Gutierrez gets another diagnosis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Franklin GutierrezFranklin Gutierrez has a new diagnosis and a new treatment, now hopefully it's the right one.

After being diagnosed with a  "slow digestive tract" this spring, Gutierrez continued to struggle with stomach issues before starting the season on the disabled list. He was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this week and the new diagnosis is irritable bowel syndrome. He is taking new medicine that he must take before he eats.

"I've been having this a long time and nobody knew what I had, so knowing now this is what I have [and] can be treatable makes me feel better mentally," Gutierrez told Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times. "And now I want to feel better physically, too, to get ready and be here again. It's going to take time for the medicine to work. Let's see how it goes."

The Mariners are still slow to give a timetable for Gutierrez's return, but the center fielder will travel with the team to Detroit and Boston.

In Gutierrez's stead, Mariner center fielders have hit .208/.318/.389 with three homers and one stolen base -- those starts have been distributed evenly between Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders with 11 games each, before Sunday's game. 

Even if Gutierrez doesn't return to his 2009 form, his 2010 regression would still be an improvement. Gutierrez hit .245/.303/.363 last season while dealing with his stomach issues. He hit .283/.339/.425 in 2009.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 11:43 pm

Langerhans wins CF job in Seattle

LangerhansBy Evan Brunell

Franklin Gutierrez's replacement in center field was revealed late Thursday night as manager Eric Wedge said Ryan Langerhans will fill the role.

The non-roster invitee earned the invitation after batting .316 to beat out Michael Saunders. The 31-year-old has had extensive experience in the majors despite the relative surprise of the announcement. Langerhans has been a Mariner for the past two seasons, with two brief sojourns in Oakland and Washington in 2007. Prior to that. Langerhans spent five years in Atlanta. All told, he has a career .228/.333/.374 line in 1,395 plate appearances.

So while Langerhans may have the job, history says he won't hit well enough to keep it. If he doesn't get off to a fast start, the team could easily dump Langerhans and keep Saunders in the reserve role. However, Langerhans hs reworked his swing and come out of it with positive results, so could easly cling onto the job.

"He really has had a nice camp for us," Wedge told MLB.com. "Michael will be in center field some, too. But we felt that's where we wanted to start on Opening Day, and we'll go from there. He's been around a little bit more and has some experience. You really have to recognize the camp he had, the way he swung the bat and ran the bases, and he plays an aggressive center field. So that's where we want to start."

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:21 pm

Gutierrez to play this weekend or go on DL

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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