Franklin Gutierrez had to end his minor league rehabilitation assignment today because the 20-day limit was up. Problem is, he’s not yet recovered from his hamstring injury to the point where he can play multiple days in a row.
So, the Mariners are having him re-evaluated tonight by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, then will petition MLB to begin another rehab assignment. Gutierrez will have to wait at least five days for that to start, provided the league signs off on it once seeing the medical evaluation. He’s already sat out the last two games.
“He went down there with a hamstring injury and he still feels it on occasion and he’s not bouncing back as quickly in terms of being able to play back-to-back days,” Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin said. “He’s played three days in a row one time and we’ve had to put him in at DH several times because he’s come to the park and his leg doesn’t feel that good. We don’t want that situation to be that way, so we want him to be able to build up his leg strength and be able to play consecutive days. So, we’re going to take four or five days and do more strengthening, give him a little bit of a break from running around on the field and then hopefully he’ll go down there and he’ll feel better.
“But his leg is not completely recovered yet.”
Grffin said the pelvic and hip issues that plagued Gutierrez throughout spring training and the earlier part of this season seem to be done.
“Every problem he’s had for the last three years, I promise you has been addressed,” Griffin said. “He actually just told me before I walked out here how good his hips feel and his legs feel other than his hamstring. So, once we get that thing taken care of, we should be good.”
Griffin was aksed when Gutierrez will be ready to play for the Mariners again.
“When he comes to the ballpark and nothing’s bothering him more than one day in a row,” he replied. “This is me talking, this isn’t anybody, this is just me. When he comes up here, I know that (manager) Eric (Wedge) would like to be able to have him play more than two or three days in a row. If you look back this whole year, I don’t believe we’ve had Gutierrez, (Michael) Saunders and (Michael) Morse in the outfield at the same time. I might be wrong, but I don’t think we have. And it would be nice if that were to take place. And once that does start taking place, it would be nice for the manager to be able to write those three guys’ names into the lineup more than once every five days. So, we just need to do everything we can to get him in a position so that when he comes back up here, he can compete and be healthy and do what he needs to do.”
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