Gutierrez is starting at third base and hitting fifth Thursday against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Gutierrez, who is serving as the 26th man for Thursday's game in Omaha, will get one last start before heading back to the minors. In 19 appearances for the Royals this season, the 24-year-old is slashing .275/.320/.377 with a home run, 11 RBI and a stolen base.
Gutierrez was optioned to Triple-A Omaha, though he'll serve as the 26th man for Thursday's game against the Tigers in Omaha before joining the Storm Chasers. Gutierrez was sent back to Omaha to free up a roster spot for Lucas Duda (back), who was activated from the injured list Thursday. He appeared in four games during his most recent stint with the big club, going 3-for-12 with a double and a 3:5 BB:K in those contests. Gutierrez will likely be used as a bench bat for Thursday's game before reporting to Omaha on Friday.
Gutierrez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Gutierrez drew starts at third base the last two days, but that may have only been the result of the Red Sox bringing a lefty to the hill for both contests. The hot-hitting Cheslor Cuthbert will get the nod at the hot corner Thursday and should start the majority of work in the time share while he continues to perform reasonably well at the plate.
Gutierrez was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Gutierrez appeared in 15 games for the Royals in late April and early May, posting a .281/.300/.386 slash line. He'll fight with Cheslor Cuthbert for starts at third base while Hunter Dozier (side) remains on the injured list.
Gutierrez's recent placement on Triple-A Omaha's 7-day injured list was due to a hip flexor strain, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The injury doesn't appear to be an overly significant one, though it could sideline Gutierrez for more than the minimum amount of time. Gutierrez was optioned to the minors last week after he lost out on regular starts following the arrival of middle-infield prospect Nicky Lopez.