Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 2 weeks ago

Gutierrez had his contract selected Wednesday by the Mariners and will bat second in the order against the Royals.

Gutierrez had a .317/.402/.500 slash line at Triple-A Tacoma this season to go with seven home runs and 12 doubles. He'll be appearing in his first major league game since the 2013 season on Wednesday when he takes the field in left. The Mariners optioned James Jones to clear room for Gutierrez.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 2 months ago

Gutierrez is batting .319/.451/.556 at Triple-A Tacoma with five doubles and four home runs.

Gutierrez is at Triple-A to prove he can stay healthy after missing all last season. The Mariners' struggles, though, could have them in the market for some help. Dustin Ackley is batting .182, and Gutierrez could at least share time with him. Jesus Montero could also get a look.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 3 months ago

Gutierrez (groin) was released but re-signed with the Mariners on a new minor league deal Tuesday, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Under Rule XX (B), major league free agents under minor league contracts must be paid a $100,000 retention bonus or released if they do not make the major league roster out of camp. Rather than pony up the cash, the Mariners made the understandable business decision to release Gutierrez and re-sign him to another league deal, one that is not bound by Rule XX (B) provisions. Gutierrez missed time yet again due to injury in spring training and will likely serve as organizational depth for most of the year.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 4 months ago

Gutierrez, who has not played since March 7 because of groin tightness, was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, the Seattle Times reports.

Gutierrez was a non-roster invitee just hoping to prove he can stay healthy. No such luck on that, but he will go to Triple-A, as expected, and keep working to stay on the field. If he can stay healthy long enough to keep himself in the lineup, he'll need significant at-bats, as he hasn't played a full season since 2010, before a callup is even a question.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 4 months ago

Gutierrez will miss a few days because of tightness in his groin, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Between this and Gutierrez's ankylosing spondylitis, it's not looking good for the 32-year-old's roster chances or even his ability to stay on the field all season.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 4 months ago

Gutierrez, who missed all last season, has an arthritic condition that affects his hips and lower body, the Seattle Times reports.

The condition, ankylosing spondylitis, is responsible for the numerous injuries and illnesses Gutierrez dealt with the last few years. Gutierrez has not played a full season since 2010. Neither the Mariners nor Gutierrez has any expectations for this season. Best-case scenario seems to be he goes to Triple-A, proves he can still play and hopes for a callup.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 5 months ago

Gutierrez signed a minor league deal, which includes a major league spring training invite, with the Mariners on Monday, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Gutierrez played five years in Seattle from 2009-13 but sat out all of last season due to a gastrointestinal illness that had plagued him in previous years. The 31-year-old will attempt to work his way back to the major leagues, but he'll likely begin the year at Triple-A if he's unable to crack to initial 40-man roster. In 2013, Gutierrez hit .248 with 24 RBI and 10 home runs in 145 MLB at-bats.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 1 year ago

Franklin Gutierrez on Friday reiterated his desire to return to playing next season.

Gutierrez decided in February to take all of the 2014 season off as he focuses on his health. The outfielder averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues and over the winter was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He'll turn 32 next February and will surely have to settle for a minor league deal next offseason.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 1 year ago

Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list.

Gutierrez was diagnosed this winter with ankylosing spondylitis and also had a recurrence recently of the gastro-intenstinal issues that plagued him throughout the 2013 season. He is not going to play baseball in 2014 and will instead focus on his personal health. The move Thursday cleared a 40-man roster spot for new Mariners closer Fernando Rodney.

Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 2 years ago

Franklin Gutierrez said he's "feeling good" since taking medication following a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis.

Gutierrez has dealt with joint pain for a long time and now knows why. "When I say I'm feeling good, it's because, well, everybody knows what I have right now," he said. "It was very important for me to find out what I had, so now I have to try to manage this." It's certainly good news that Gutierrez will be able to combat his joint pain now, but he remains a major injury risk going forward. The Mariners hope he can stay healthy enough to be used regularly against left-handed pitchers in 2014.