PHOTO: Franklin Gutierrez takes batting practice with the Mariners yesterday. Today, he left complex in a car driven by an assistant trainer.
UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: Gutierrez felt something in his shoulder — or, at least in that immediate vicinity (could be upper back, or rib cage, too, who knows?) — while throwing during drills today. He left to get it checked out. Darren Ford will replace him in CF for today’s intra-squad game.
Don’t want to set off any alarm bells with this post, but Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp this morning in a vehicle driven by assistant trainer Rob Nodine.
I asked GM Jack Zduriencik about it moments ago.
“I can’t comment on it at this time,” he told me.
Zduriencik added that the team might have some information later.
Again, we don’t want to alarm anyone.
But we all know of Gutierrez’s recent health issues. Also, he was slowed last week with some leg tightness after a base running drill.
Gutierrez did participate in an intra-squad game two days ago, going 3-for-3 with a home run off Felix Hernandez. But that was then, this is today.
It could be any of the above factors I just mentioned. If this was a routine examination not worthy of concern, Zduriencik would have said so.
Let’s just wait and see. Gutierrez is scheduled to bat leadoff in today’s intra-squad game. No word on whether he’s been scratched.