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November 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Ichiro comments after Gold Glove win; Gutierrez spent time in a Venezuela hospital for stomach exam yesterday but is said to be fine

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Both Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez were out of the country yesterday when their Gold Glove wins were announced.
The Mariners got hold of Ichiro and obtained this quote from him, which they dispatched to media outlets today:
When I look back to my rookie year with the Mariners in 2001, it was unimaginable what I could accomplish in 10 years. Here I stand today filled with deep emotions. However, by spring of 2011, I will be prepared and focused on my next challenge to move forward. I would like to thank everyone for all the support throughout my 10 years.”
So, there you go. No quotes yet from Gutierrez, who, sources told our paper today, spent part of Tuesday in a hospital in Venezuela for an undisclosed reason.
I got hold of Wil Polidor, one of Gutierrez’s agents, this afternoon via text message and he told me his client went to the hospital for a “stomach problem.”
Polidor quickly added: “He is fine. Routine check.”


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You’ll remember that Gutierrez was plagued for much of the final six weeks of the season by a stomach ailment and other flu-like symptoms that seemed to have the team baffled. At one point, in early September, Gutierrez was removed from a game in Oakland because he began hyperventilating.
Polidor said in a separate text message that Gutierrez wasn’t feeling well and went to the hospital to get it checked out. After two hours in the hospital where some tests were administered Gutierrez was sent home and is now doing fine.
That’s all according to his agent.
Let’s hope that’s all it is, for Gutierrez’s sake. I’m sure celebrating his first Gold Glove win by sitting in a hospital wasn’t quite what he had in mind. Hopefully, he can put this thing behind him and get back to playing the way he did early on in 2010 before his body began to seriously slow him down.

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