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February 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Mariners manager Eric Wedge says Franklin Gutierrez hurt something in his pectoral region

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Franklin Gutierrez returned to camp this afternoon after having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan done at a local clinic.
The Mariners are still awaiting word as to how serious the injury is.
“We don’t really know anything yet,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re waiting on the MRI results and figuring out what the game plan’s going to be after we get that back. He felt something in the pec (pectoral) region (of the chest) when we were taking infield today, so we’ll wait and see what the results show and go from there.”


Wedge watched Giutierrez hurt himself while throwing the ball in from the outfield. He’d already made a handful of throws, but then felt something and halted.
“He’s been great all camp,” Wedge said. “It’s just one of those things and we’ll see.”
Gutierrez went 3-for-3 in his only intra-sqad game on Sunday, homering off Felix Hernandez to start the game.
Wedge had just finished watching an intrasquad game, won 6-3 by the Team 1 squad that had fallen behind 3-0 early after Hisashi Iwakuma got rocked a bit. Michael Saunders paced the comeback with a three-run homer to right field off Shawn Kelley.
While Wedge didn’t get to see Gutierrez out of the leadoff spot, he did get another good look at Chone Figgins continuing to perform well after being re-installed atop the order. Figgins bunted for a hit his first time up and later drove home a run with a hard-hit single to left center.”
“He’s seeing a lot of pitches,” Wedge said. “He’s doing right now what we need him to do.”
Figgins played at shortstop today, keeping himself fresh at a position he could see action at early this season. Brendan Ryan has yet to play the position in the first three intra-squad games, but Wedge does have him tentatively pencilled to start there tomorrow.
Wedge watched Ryan throw the ball during infield drils this morning.
“I’ve got him in there right now, but we’ll see how he comes in tomorrow,” Wedge said. “If he comes in tomorrow feeling good, then he’ll play.”
Kyle Seager did indeed get some playing time at first base today. Wedge said he’s just looking at possible versatility for some players and wants to keep them on their toes by playing different positions.

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