Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from his rehabilitation start last night, isn’t playing today and now will likely be sent by the Mariners to a more national facility for further examination. Mariners manager Eric Wedge told reporters today that the team should be ready to announce something after the game.
“I think we’re probably going to end up sending him somewhere toget further evaluation,” Wedge said.
When I asked Wedge whether “somewhere” meant a more national treatment facility, like the Mayo Clinic, he nodded in agreement. Wedge said the Mayo Clinic was actually one of the spots the team had discussed sending the center fielder.
Turns out that Gutierrez wasn’t feeling entirely better these past couple of weeks. Wedge said his issues have always been lingering, to the point where he’d have a couple of good days, then a bad one or two.
The team had discussions with Gutierrez about sending him for further treatment if his symptoms persisted and made it difficult to play.
David Aardsma is out there throwing a bullpen session as we speak. The team had hoped to get him a two-inning simulated game of about 15 pitches per frame, but the weather issues here made that impossible. It’s freezing cold down on the field, no matter what the weather forecasters say the actual temperature is.
Some M’s said last night’s game was the coldest they’ve ever been a part of. A lot of that was the rain and wind. No rain today, but it’s still windy out and feels like it’s in the 30s.
Wedge said the team could not wait on Aardsma any longer and that’s why he’s throwing the bullpen session. The plan, had he thrown yesterday as originally scheduled, was to send him out to Class AAA Tacoma on Monday for a rehab assignment.
So, we’ll have to see whether that gets pushed back a day or two.
We’ve got some lineup changes today, with Ryan Langerhans starting in center field and Michael Saunders in left. Milton Bradley gets a day off to rest after playing in all but one of the team’s first 14 games.
Luis Rodriguez is back in there at second base tonight. I asked Wedge whether this is a reward for the way Rodriguez played last night, or because Jack Wilson needs more work off the field.
Wedge said it’s the former. “I was watching the game last night and thinking ‘I’ve got to play this kid again’,” Wedge said of Rodriguez, who drew two walks and doubled in the eighth for what was, at the time, only Seattle’s second hit of the night.
Wilson will be back in tomorrow.
Chris Gimenez is catching today, but Wedge has no plans to give more rest to the slumping Miguel Olivo. Today is a day game after a night contest, so Olivo gets a rest. But Wedge, when asked whether he thinks Olivo can play 140 games this year, nodded in agreement.
He added that he believes Olivo is strong enough physically to do it.