Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Gutierrez (illness) is back with the Mariners on Thursday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Though he won't return to spring games any sooner than Friday, Gutierrez should still have more than enough time to get back to full strength before Opening Day. While still expected to platoon with Seth Smith in right field, Gutierrez has made a nice case for some extra at-bats by homering four times in just 20 plate appearances this spring.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Gutierrez (illness) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup, Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Dutton notes that Gutierrez was likely scratched due to the same illness that kept him out of the lineup Monday, but the team did not give him an official injury designation. Steve Clevenger will fill in for Gutierrez as the designated hitter Wednesday while Gutierrez's next chance to get into a game will come Thursday against the Rockies.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Gutierrez will not play in Monday's spring game due to an illness, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez has been sidelined since Friday by the illness, but he nearly played Monday, so he figures to return to the lineup in the next day or two. He is seeing the ball well this spring, going 7-for-18 (.389) with four home runs and seven RBI in eight games.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Gutierrez hit his fourth home run Friday as he continues to have a strong spring training.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez is 7-for-18 (.389) this spring. He'll platoon in right field with Seth Smith this season. The Mariners would rather not have him play center field because keeping him healthy is the top priority. But it's possible he could play their on occasion as the team doesn't have a true CF backup to Leonys Martin.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez may not play center field this spring, as the team's top priority is to keep him healthy, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 33-year-old played 35 games in left field, two games in right field and six games at DH last year, and while his excellent outfield defense may tempt the Mariners to try him in center, his inability to stay healthy in recent seasons could lead them to keep him at less demanding defensive positions. He should enter the year as the team's fourth outfielder.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 6 months ago

Gutierrez signed a one-year, major league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After missing all of 2014 with gastrointestinal issues and spending three months in the minors to open 2015, Gutierrez went on to bat .292/.354/.620 with 15 homers in just 59 games with Seattle. He did almost as much damage against right-handed pitching as he did against lefties, but Gutierrez still has a .658 career OPS against right-handed pitching, so he may be limited to a platoon role in left field to begin 2016.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 7 months ago

Gutierrez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gutierrez has recorded a hit in six straight games, but he will get a night off in order to open up a spot in the lineup for another left-handed hitter -- Logan Morrison, indirectly -- against Royals starter Johnny Cueto.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 7 months ago

Gutierrez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a 10-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was a rough game for the Mariners, but the breakout season continues for Gutierrez. He has now homered in three straight and has five dingers over his last 10 games. The home run came off lefty Cole Hamels and that's been the trend for Gutierrez all season, as he's killing southpaws. The Venezuelan has a .340 average against lefties with an OPS well above 1.000. The one problem with that is that the Mariners face only one lefty in six games next week.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 8 months ago

Gutierrez (groin) will return to the lineup Saturday hitting fifth and playing left field, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He made a pinch-hit appearance Friday, so this does not come as a surprise after he had been inactive for six games in a row with the groin issue. Gutierrez should see semi-regular playing time down the stretch.

Franklin Gutierrez OF/DH SEA 8 months ago

Gutierrez (groin) is tentatively slated to return to the lineup Saturday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A groin issue has kept Gutierrez off the field for a week, but manager Lloyd McClendon has received clearance to use the 32-year-old as a pinch-hitter Friday, and it sounds like the outfielder could return Saturday to face Rockies lefty Yohan Flande. Gutierrez has done most of his damage this season against left-handers, slashing .349/.387/.674 with seven homers and 18 RBI.