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Gutierrez ready to return from DL

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Gutierrez ready to return from DL · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Franklin Gutierrez, who missed the first quarter of the season due to irritable bowel syndrome, will be activated before Wednesday's game against the Angels to start the second quarter.

Gutierrez, who played six consecutive games on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Tacoma, alternating between designated hitter and center field, was in the Seattle clubhouse Tuesday, getting checked out by the Mariners' medical crew.

He has regained almost all of the weight he'd lost with his stomach problems, which have dogged him since the middle of last year, but he's still not quite up to being able to play every day.

For that reason, the Mariners sent down rookie pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen to make room on the roster. That leaves Michael Saunders to share time with Gutierrez, who is expected to play about four or five times a week to start as he builds up his strength.

In addition, rookie Mike Wilson can play center field, although he has been in a platoon in left field with Carlos Peguero.

Gutierrez hadn't played in a game since March 19 because of his stomach problems. The IBS diagnosis finally got him back on the right track after a couple of medical false starts.

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