Tag:Franklin Gutierrez
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: April 16, 2011 3:00 pm

Mariners, Gutierrez still searching for answers

Franklin GutierrezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The long, confusing case of Franklin Gutierrez's stomach illness continues.

After the Mariners' center fielder was scratched from a rehab start on Friday, the team is still looking for answers and could send him to the Mayo Clinic or another major, national facility to seek further treatment for his stomach problems, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes.

The team will announce more after Saturday's game in Kansas City.

"I think we're probably going to end up sending him somewhere to get further evaluation," manager Eric Wedge said. 

The Mariners have been searching for an answer to Gutierrez's problems for more than a year. They thought they had it figured out this spring, but the problems persist.

After a career-year in 2009, Guiterrez saw a drop in all his offensive numbers last season, although he did win his first Gold Glove.

For his career, the 28-year-old has hit .261/.316/.400 in parts of six seasons with the Mariners and Indians.

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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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Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 2:17 pm

Gutierrez still struggling with health

By Matt Snyder

The stomach issues that have plagued Franklin Gutierrez for over a year still just won't go away. Thursday will mark the fifth straight game he's out of the Mariners' lineup in a spring training game.

"We've got to get Franklin to a place where he feels comfortable," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "It's bothering him, and we're waiting for more test results. Franklin doesn't feel strong." (News Tribune )

The 28-year-old gold-glover is undergoing more tests on his stomach to see if there's more the Mariners or Gutierrez himself can do. There were some tests two weeks ago that indicated he had a slow digestive system and needed to change his diet.

He still has time to be ready for opening day, but everything would probably have to be perfect from here on out for his body to be completely ready for the start of the season. Considering the amount of movement he needs to do in covering the vast center field at Safeco, it's tough to see him being ready to go full-time right out of the gate.

Gutierrez hit .245 with a .666 OPS, 12 homers and 64 RBI last season. He's generally considered one of the best defensive players in baseball.

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Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:39 pm

Mariners get good news on Gutierrez

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Mariners have been left scratching their head over Franklin Gutierrez's stomach since last season, until finally getting good news recently.

Franklin Gutierrez"There's nothing wrong with him," team physician Mitch Storey told the Seattle Times. "He's not sick. This is just a simple thing. … We [ran] a bunch of tests to rule out other things and they came back negative, as we had expected."

Gutierrez was diagnosed with a "slow digestive tract" that leads to bloating, stomach cramps and stomach pain.

Guiterrez is combating it with a mixture of diet and medication, but diet is the key competent.

"There's a lot involved in this to try to allow food to get through his stomach in a  timely fashion," Storey said. "In the past, because it was slow, it would back up into his stomach so he could get cramps and not feel good and that would last for a couple of days."

Gutierrez will have to battle this for the rest of his life, but if he takes care of his diet, it shouldn't interfere with his baseball career.

Gutierrez's numbers all fell last season, even as he picked up his first Gold Glove. Gutierrez hit .245/.303/.363 last season, .230/.269/.332 after the All-Star break.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 1:35 pm

McCann struggling in aftermath of accident

UPDATE: The Braves say coach Luis Salazar underwent surgery last night and was scheduled for more surgery today.
UPDATE: Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is the son-in-law of Braves coach Luis Salazar and has left Mariners camp to be with him, the team announced on Thursday. He is expected to return by Friday night.

Brian McCann

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brian McCann isn't in the lineup for today's scheduled exhibition against the Cardinals, but he was at the Braves' complex, a day after his line drive sent minor league manager Luis Salazar to the hospital.

"It's a crazy, crazy thing that happened," McCann told reporters on Thursday (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). "So unfortunate. Just pray for recovery. Yesterday was a tragic day. …"

McCann hit a foul ball in the first inning that hit Salazar, standing in the dugout, in the face. Salazar was unconscious for about 20 minutes and many Braves thought he may die. He was then airlifted to an Orlando hospital, and McCann left the game. Salazar was diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a damaged left eye. Doctors have ruled out brain damage.

McCann was in the team's clubhouse when a state trooper came in to tell him Salazar had resumed breathing on his own and regained consciousness in the helicopter ride to the hospital.

Luis SalazarMcCann spent about two hours with Salazar (left), his wife and son on Wednesday. 

"It was good to go in and speak to him for a second," McCann said. "He knew I was there. You just pray for the best. There's nothing else you can do. Just a helpless feeling. I'm thinking about his family, his kids and wife.

"I just basically told them I'm sorry this happened, and let them know I'm here and I'm praying. It's just such a … it's upsetting, for sure."

By the sound of what McCann is saying, the incident is weighing heavily on him and could haunt him until Salazar is back to normal and even beyond. It's completely understandable, even though the last thing McCann wanted to do was hit Salazar, he still did. There's no reason for him to feel guilt, but it's only natural. Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for both Salazar and McCann.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:46 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am

Pepper: Spring is time for rebirth

Carlos Beltran is making some progress on his rehab program, as he ran the bases Wednesday. "That's a huge sign, because he told me when he starts running the bases he'll be close to playing. So that was a big sign for me," manager Terry Collins said (ESPN New York ). The five-time All-Star hasn’t played a full season since 2008, but at age 33, it’s not out of the question to return to form for at least a year or two. He played last September, but was shut down the last week when his bothersome knee flared up.

Disclaimer alert: he hasn't pitched in a game since June 13, 2009, he's 38 years old and it's awfully early in camp. Still, Jason Isringhausen is impressing Mets brass thus far. Armed with a new changeup, Izzy has been good enough to draw the word "outstanding," from Collins. (New York Times )

Elsewhere, Brandon Webb is still on a long road back himself. He threw "60 to 65 pitches off flat ground" Thursday. He'll throw again Friday and if there are no setbacks, the Rangers will put him on the mound either Sunday or Monday (ESPN Dallas ). The right-hander, who finished in the top two of Cy Young voting three consecutive seasons before falling injured, hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since April 6, 2009. Webb, 31, is a complete wild card this season for the defending AL champs.

And though it isn't near as long a road back as Webb, Jake Peavy of the White Sox is feeling very optimistic, though he's careful not to get too far ahead of himself. "I'm far ahead of where I thought I would be at this point," Peavy told MLB.com . "But I can't push it and I've got to be cautious." In fact, the White Sox’s potential ace might be on track to start April 6, if everything goes as well as it possibly could. The 29 year old went 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA in 17 starts in 2010, last pitching July 6. He underwent season-ending surgery to repair a detached muscle in his pitching arm.

ABDOMINAL ANNOYANCE: Franklin Gutierrez was forced to fly back to Seattle to visit with some doctors about an ongoing stomach issue Thursday. The center fielder has suffered severe stomach pains on occasion since late last season, to the point that he couldn't eat well and his play was affected. It could help explain some of his offensive woes, as Gutierrez went .212/.253/.304 in his last 75 games at the plate. He did tell reporters last week his issue was gone, but it has apparently resurfaced and he'll likely need to get on some sort of medication to alleviate the pains. (Seattle Times )

SLIM CC: After dropping 25 pounds this offseason, CC Sabathia says he can already tell the difference when it comes to his stamina. "In years past, I would get a little gassed in my bullpens once I got 30, 40 pitches in, but I felt pretty good," he told the New York Times . "I was able to keep my mechanics together and work on stuff that I need to work on." If this carries over the regular season, watch out. The big fella has averaged 240 innings a season since 2007, averaging just a tick above seven innings per start. And he has more stamina?

On a lighter note, he noted the toughest tests for him during the season are road trips to Kansas City (BBQ) and Chicago (deep-dish pizza). Amen, CC.

BREWER BARGAIN: As Ryan Braun watches peers cash in with what some consider ludicrous contracts, one might wonder if he feels like his eight-year, $45 million contract -- of which he has five years remaining -- is short-changing him. The reality is that with the numbers Braun puts up, factoring in his age (27) and durability (at least 151 games in each of his three full seasons), the contract is an absolute steal for Milwaukee. To Braun's credit, he's not griping. He's only thinking about the playoffs, he says. As for the money thing, he told MLB.com: "I get it, but it's a non-issue. I pay attention to what goes on around the game, obviously, but I'm happy for all of those guys. I agreed to a deal three years ago that goes five [more] years, and I'm excited and honored to be here." (MLB.com )

IRON MAN? The ever-polarizing A.J. Pierzynski wants to catch every game this season. Yes, all 162. There's no need to get into the realism of that one, what with his career high in games being 140, his offensive skills deteriorating and his age hitting 34. Plus, there's nothing wrong with wanting to play every game. More guys should want that. The juice in this article is the always-hilarious Ozzie Guillen, who once said he hates his catcher only a little less than the competition. This time around, he again said Pierzynski annoys him and that "sometimes I wish he wouldn’t even come to the ballpark." It should be noted, Guillen was laughing, thus, saying everything tongue-in-cheek. (MLB.com )

It's always sad when veteran players have an ego too big to take a younger player under their wing. A football example comes to mind: you know, something with a guy wearing number four and a team that just won the Super Bowl. Anyway, I digress. We're talking about baseball. And Marlon Byrd of the Cubs has been working with top Cubs prospect Brett Jackson this spring. They're both center fielders, and Byrd's even embracing the inevitable for the sake of the franchise. "Last year, he really didn't know me," Byrd told MLB.com . "Now I say things and he understands that it's to help him. I even have to sit him down and say, 'I've got to help you to get ready because if you're going to move me to right field, you have to be ready. If not, I'm capable of playing at 34, 35 years old.' He got a kick out of that. He laughed."

RESTORING POWER IN THE BAY: ESPN’s SweetSpot blog takes a look at Jason Bay, specifically his power. Or, if we’re talking about 2010, a lack thereof. Four times in Bay’s career he went yard at least 30 times in a season. After signing a big contract with the Mets, he did so just six times in 401 plate appearances in 2010. There were health problems and an adjustment to a new, cavernous park, but the output was still horrifying, as Bay slugged just .402 (his career slugging percentage is .508). Bay said he believes 30 home runs this season is "reasonable," and points to David Wright -- whose home run total jumped from 10 to 29 in his second season with Citi Field as a home.

Remember how Carl Crawford was creeped out about the Red Sox virtually tailing him over the winter before inking him to a colossal contract? Johnny Damon, part of the group replacing Crawford in Tampa Bay and former Red Sox outfielder, isn't surprised. He even offered up an example of when it had happened in the past. "I know Boston had followed guys before like Mo Vaughn especially; they wanted to see what he was doing all the time. The Boston fans, they follow you around too to see what you’re doing, it seems like they’re everywhere. But when a team's investing $142 million they probably have a right to know every little bit of your history," he told the St. Petersburgh Times . Interesting. Damon wasn’t anywhere close to Boston when Vaughn departed via free agency, but he could very well be correct. And if he is, the Red Sox did their homework well. Check out Vaughn’s stats by year -- right when he departed Boston, his regression began.

-- Matt Snyder

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