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Mr. Gutierrez is back and awaiting answers

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2011 at 7:48 am with 4 Comments »
February 26, 2011 7:48 am

Gold Glove centerfielder  returned to camp today and, like the rest of us, is anxiously awaiting test results to determine exactly what’s bothering his stomach.

Franklin Gutierrez


“No answers,” he said of his day in Seattle with team doctors. “I’m waiting for the results to hear what I’ll have to change in my diet.”

Like what?

“Maybe ice cream,” he said.

Gutierrez went for tests mostly as a precaution, when he began to feel – ‘off and on’ – the same stomach discomfort he’d had much of the 2010 season. While the only games he missed because of it were in the last series of the yeaer, he acknowledged today it bothered him.

“I didn’t have the same energy. I wouldn’t blame what happened on the field last year on that, but it was a little part of that,” Gutierrez said.

Neither the team nor Gutierrez expects this to linger throughout the season, but both wanted answers early to finding out the cause and dealing with it. For now, Gutierrez said, he feels fine. He’ll rejoin team workouts today.

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  1. Lactose intolerant?

  2. bryandonaldson says:

    Hello Larry,

    After reading through the various posted details about Gutierrez, it sounds exactly like Celiac disease (a serious form of gluten allergy). My fiance has it and it took multiple specialists and years to diagnose. It also causes lactose issues due to how the digestive system is damaged. If you get a chance, ask the team doctors if it’s one of the things they have tested for. It also tends to become a more serious issue in your mid 20’s.

    Keep up the good work and Go Mariners!!!

  3. SharkHawk says:

    Crohn’s disease is another. So is IBS. There are lots of things it can be. It can simply be a food allergy. It can be a gall bladder issue. I am sure they tested for everything. I’ve seen people live with things like diverticulitis and just try to take tums and hope it felt better. There are so many possibilities.

  4. GriffinNW says:

    Good post. What is funny and interesting to me is that I have been dealing with a stomach bug that comes and leaves randomly, for years. I’m turning 24 in a few months, which would kinda pass as my mid-20’s.
    I have gone to a couple doctors who both couldn’t see what it was that was messing with my insides. I just got referred to a specialist who I have not seen yet, but am hoping when I go maybe they can find out what it is.
    I don’t think people want me to post my symptoms to see if they matched what your fiance had, haha.
    Hoping Guti can get it fixed, and I can too.

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