Follow us:

Mariners blog

Daily coverage of the Mariners during the season and all year long.

March 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Mariners roster still “up in the air” says Jack Zduriencik

mari02212011 070.JPG
NOTE: We’ll have Geoff Baker Live! this afternoon, 30 minutes after completion of the game, direct from Peoria Stadium.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says he hopes to know as early as today what the problem is with center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. Despite the team’s recent assurances that it had nailed down the specifics of what was behind Gutierrez’s ailing stomach, the problems have not gone away.
“He can play if we needed him to, he’s just not feeling too great,” Zduriencik told me this morning.
Zduriencik said the team has done some ongoing work with Gutierrez here to try to get to the bottom of the issues and help him feel better. But so far, it’s not happening. This could become a major headache for the team if it persists.
For now, it’s causing a pretty serious wrinkle in determining the roster.
Michael Saunders is still here, rather than in minor league camp, because the team might have to open the season with him on the 25-man roster and Gutierrez on the DL. Saunders and Ryan Langerhans could split time as the center fielder and backup outfielder.
Then, the question becomes, who would the extra bench players be?
“We’re hoping to get some answers shortly,” Zduriencik said. “But you have to keep your other options open, frankly, because he (Gutierrez) hasn’t played a whole lot and he isn’t feeling all that good. So, right now, it’s all up in the air.”


The Mariners were already planning to take five non-roster guys north, but are also waiting to see what happens in coming days with catcher Miguel Olivo. Olivo will get some at-bats in a minor league game today in Surprise, Ariz. starting at 1:05 p.m. If Olivo suffers a setback, or can’t make it completely back from his groin injury, the team does have the option of adding on Josh Bard, or — on a more temporary basis — Chris Gimenez as a backup infielder/emergency catcher.
Any lineup with Gimenez in it would appear to need six roster spots to open for non-roster guys. That is, unless you bounce one of the three expected non-roster additions to the bullpen — Jamey Wright, Chris Ray or Royce Ring.
If one of them was to go, you could see a 40-man roster guy like Tom Wilhelmsen added.
That way, the team would only need to come up with the same five roster spots to give to non-roster guys: two in the bullpen, one for another catcher and the other for Langerhans.
“There’s a lot of time left before the season starts,” Zduriencik said. “There’s a lot that can still happen.”

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►