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Mariners win, but another Gutierrez setback

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm with 6 Comments »
August 12, 2012 5:05 pm

Jason Vargas out-pitched 15-game winner Jered Weaver, catcher Jesus Montero hit a pair of home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, and flew home with a two-game win streak.

Given the way their trip was going – they were 1-6 after a Friday loss in which Felix Hernandez didn’t hold a 5-0 lead – they’ll take it.

What they weren’t pleased with was the news on center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.

The plan was simple. After working out with the Everett Aqua Soxon Saturday, Gutierrez was going to begin a rehabilitation assignment there today. As has so often been the case with Gutierrez, it didn’t happen.

“We’ve had to put the breaks on Franklin,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He had a bad night (Saturday), headaches again. He won’t do anything until he sees our doctors (today).

“We’re hoping it’s just a medication change, but we don’t know. He was going to start his rehab today.”

Gutierrez, who missed most of the first two months of 2012 with a partially torn pectoral muscle, was hit in the head by a wild pick off thrown on June 28.  He hasn’t played since.

The concussion and its aftermath have cost him six weeks, and at this point the Mariners would love to have him back in September, but don’t know what to expect.

“Franklin has an impact on this team that you can see,” Wedge said. “He’s a right-handed bat who can hit anywhere in the lineup. He’s a great outfielder who changes our outfield immediately.

“If we’d have a different outfield, we’d have won a couple more games this trip. I’m hoping he’ll play a little winter ball to help him get ready for next year.

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  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    What is with this guy? My head hurts, my foot hurts, my tummy hurts. Give him the option to void his contract and my guess he will heal fast.

    Cut this baby loose.

  2. jawpeace says:

    He is not a baby milking. He would rather be playing. Get hit in the head with a ball going around 60mph and it is going to do more than just hurt.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    BigSwingingRichard, congrats on one the dumbest posts ever. The brain is a complicated organ. Seems you might not have one.

  4. Guti just has the worst luck of any Mariners player that I can remember. A lot of these injuries are random, but entirely legitimate. Torn pec like Okung, heel injury like Buhner, lingering concussion symptoms like Morneau and Sidney Crosby, and the gastro-intestinal stuff…it’s time for the guy to catch a 5-7 year break, full of health and production in the lineup. We have seen what he is capable of when healthy, and that is .275-.280/18-25/75+

  5. Here are the outfielders on the M’s 40-man roster:

    20 Mike Carp L-R
    70 Johermyn Chavez R-R
    21 Franklin Gutierrez Disabled List 15-day DL * R-R
    4 Carlos Peguero * L-L
    12 Trayvon Robinson S-R
    55 Michael Saunders L-R
    10 Eric Thames L-R
    33 Casper Wells R-R

    Throw in Figgins for good measure. Is anyone impressed? That, my friends, is mediocrity at its lowest (to be generous). Now–a healthy Gutierrez in center (hope Coach81 is correct), Wells in right, and Saunders in left, with Robinson as backup, and there’s a fine defensive group. But offensively? Still a big area of offensive need, and what I’ve seen of Thames hasn’t excited me. Chavez is hitting .235 in AA Jacksonville.

    I still think Ackley’s destined for left field eventually. Peguero is tantalizing, but I’d want 20-1 odds to bet a nickle on him. Not encouraging.

  6. i agree with bbnate420, can a dumber statement be made?

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