Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, finally over his battle with an irritable bowel and strained oblique muscle, walked off the field Monday after making a throw from the outfield.
“We’re waiting on the MRI,” Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said late this afternoon. “He felt something in the pectoral region. It’s just one of those things.
“He’d warmed up, made a couple of throws. He’d been looking good all camp.”
Gutierrez, 29, came to camp two weeks ago have gained 25 pounds from the 176 pounds he’d weighed late in 2011, when an 18-month bout with that bowel had cost him games, pounds and strength.
Limited to 92 games last year, Gutierrez talked of his regained health and the season ahead.
“If I’m healthy, I think I can do what I did in 2009,” Gutierrez said.
That was the year he won a Gold Glove for defense, batted .283 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI.
Wedge acknowledged he considered Gutierrez an option at leadoff should Chone Figgins struggle there. Now, the club waits to see if Gutierrez is seriously injured.