The bad news was that center fielder Franklin Gutierrez wasn't on the plane Wednesday night when Seattle left for Kansas City and a four-game series with the Royals over a long weekend.
The good news is that when the Mariners return for a game Monday against the Tigers on Monday, there's a reasonable chance they will have their center fielder back and ready to go.
His stomach troubles under control if not completely solved by the team's medics, Gutierrez spent a few days with the Mariners this week.
Gutierrez will work out by himself in Seattle on Thursday, then head down the road about 45 minutes Friday to join Triple-A Tacoma for an injury rehabilitation assignment.
Gutierrez played in a simulated game, pitched to by disabled closer David Aardsma on Tuesday and has impressed manager Eric Wedge with that and with his other workouts.
Wedge can't be sure when he'll have his center fielder back, but he's more optimistic than ever it won't be long.
"It's nice to see him moving around against Aardsma in a simulated game," Wedge said. "He's moving around like Guti does in center field; that was good to see. And he's getting some BP.
"He's looking pretty good. He had a good work day today. He'll come in tomorrow and work again. If all goes well, we'll shoot for Friday in Tacoma."
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