Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez spent last night in a local hospital with a concussion, was released to go home today and placed no the seven-day ‘concussion’ disabled list by the Seattle Mariners.
The team recalled reliever Steve Delabar from Tacoma and, yes, there’s a reason. Kevin Millwood’s groin strain will knock him out of the rotation until next Friday in Oakland, so his regular spot on Monday is open. The Mariners will give right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma his first big-league start that night, against the Baltimore Orioles.
With Iwakuma starting, the Mariners felt they’d need another arm in the pen, so Delabar is here.
As for the outfield, Chone Figgins is playing left field because Michael Saunders is battling flu-like symptoms and could not start. His availability is day-to-day. And if the Mariners need another outfielder?
“Munenori Kawasaki will go out there,” manager Eric Wedge deadpanned. “He’s up for anything.”