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March 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM

M’s get “great news” on Gutierrez

The Mariners finally delivered the verdict this morning on what has been ailing center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and called it “great news.”
Specifically, team physician Mitch Storey said that Gutierrez has a “slow digestive tract” that can lead to bloating and stomach cramps and caused the stomach pain that bothered Gutierrez last season and again early in camp. He flew back to Seattle two weeks ago for tests but returned to spring training and has been playing regularly.
“There is nothing wrong with him,” Storey said. “He’s not sick. This is just a simple thing. … We (ran) a bunch of tests to rule out other things and they came back negative, as we had expected.”
Storey said Gutierrez has met with specialists and dietitians to come up with a plan for eating in the proper way to avoid stomach issues, and is also trying medication.
“Some of it is food, some of it is how much food he eats at a time,” Storey said. “He has to choose food better, quite honestly.
“. … There’s a lot involved in this to try to allow food to get through his stomach in a timely fashion. In the past, because it was slow, it would back up into his stomach so he could get cramps and not feel good and that would last for a couple of days.”
But Storey said there have already been positive results from the changes Gutierrez is making.
“He is doing much, much better and we think we have the problem solved, for now,” Storey said. “. … We fought that all year last year. So now with the combination of medications and dietary changes he is doing much better. And so far since he has been back from Seattle he has felt extremeley good.”
Storey said it is an issue Gutierrez will have to deal with the rest of his life. But he also said it shouldnt impact his baseball career as long as it is handled correctly.
“He has been fighting this, battling this for several years, so it’s been a problem for him that just seemed to get worse, last year especially. There will be some experimentations on his part — he’ll learn the hard way, for sure. But it is something he is going to learn to deal with the rest of his life I believe.”

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