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Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez to miss 2014 season, cites health issues

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

It's another lost season for Franklin Gutierrez. (USATSI)
It's another lost season for Franklin Gutierrez. (USATSI)

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Veteran outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has informed the Mariners that he'll miss the entirety of the 2014 season because of ongoing health and injury concerns. The M's had earlier this offseason signed Gutierrez to a one-year, $1-million contract plus incentives.

Larry Stone tweets that Gutierrez told the team that he suffered a relapse of symptoms that he suffered last spring. Those would be gastrointestinal/autoimmune problems, which have obviously proved to be serious. The team has placed him on the restricted list, which creates room on the 40-man roster for the newly signed Fernando Rodney.

Gutierrez, who owns a career OPS+ of 90 across parts of nine major-league season, won a Gold Glove in 2010 and was indeed an elite defensive center fielder in his day. However, a long run of injuries -- knee, elbow and shoulder problems; plantar fasciitis; quad and hamstring pulls; a chest injury and a serious concussion among them -- have waylaid his once-promising career. Gutierrez turns 31 later this month.

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