Gutierrez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Gutierrez had the chance to carve out a role recently with Maikel Franco (ankle) sidelined, but he's gone just 1-for-13 with two RBI, a run, a walk and six strikeouts across the last four games. Franco began a rehab assignment with the Orioles' Florida Complex League team Tuesday, but Pat Valaika and Domingo Leyba could see increased time at the hot corner if Franco isn't cleared to return Friday.
Gutierrez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. Domingo Leyba will draw a start at third base in place of Gutierrez, who had gone 1-for-10 while starting each of the past three contests at the position. Gutierrez's window for everyday playing time will likely close soon after Maikel Franco (ankle) was cleared to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in the rookie-level Florida Complex League.
Gutierrez will start at third base and bat eighth Sunday against the Royals. Gutierrez has settled in as Baltimore's everyday third baseman since Maikel Franco (ankle) was placed on the injured list July 7. He'll draw his fifth start in six games Sunday, and the run of steady playing time is enough to keep Gutierrez relevant in AL-only leagues until Franco returns.
Gutierrez was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Gutierrez was traded from the Royals to the Orioles on Saturday after he was designated for assignment by Kansas City, and he'll now join Baltimore's major-league roster after Maikel Franco (ankle) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. The 26-year-old could compete with Domingo Leyba for playing time at third base while Franco is sidelined.
Gutierrez was traded from Kansas City to Baltimore in exchange for cash considerations Saturday. Gutierrez was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Monday. After the trade, he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk, but he should be near the top of the list if Baltimore needs reinforcements in the infield.
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