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June 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Time for Franklin Gutierrez to “toughen up and fight through” struggles says Mariners manager Eric Wedge

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Franklin Gutierrez is not in the lineup tonight and Greg Halman is. Gutierrez is hitting just .184 with a .473 on-base-plus slugging percentage.
In comparison, Chone Figgins is hitting .195 with a .505 OPS. Figgins isn’t in the lineup tonight either.
In other words, Gutierrez has to get it going. He’s been up with the team for a month since missing the first six weeks of the season with that stomach problem.
I asked manager Eric Wedge in the dugout moments ago whether this is sort of like an extended spring training for Gutierrez. Wedge didn’t seem very sympathetic to that idea.
“I think we’re past spring training,” Wedge said, letting out one of those laughs afterwards that was a third joking, two thirds dead serious.
“But it’s been a tough path for him,” he added. “And I’ve looked at this, from last year to this winter, to this spring, to the beginning of the season. Without a doubt, all of that has had a strong effect on his game. He’s been great in center field like he always is, but where it’s really hit him hard is on the offensive side of his game.
“So, he’s going to have to toughen up and just fight through it. There’s no other way to get around it. He’s a good hitter, he’s a good player. He’s just got to keep working hard to find it. This is where he’s got to dig deep and find it.”


The lineups (catcher included this time):
Mariners (36-34)
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51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) DH
56 Greg Halman CF
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34 Felix Hernandez RHP
Phillies (43-27)
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11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
8 Shane Victorino (S) CF
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
6 Ryan Howard (L) 1B
27 Placido Polanco 3B
29 Raul Ibanez (L) LF
7 Ross Gload (L) DH
9 Dominic Brown (L) RF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
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49 Vance Worley RHP

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