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Franklin Gutierrez was just placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. The Mariners have called Dustin Ackley up from Class AAA to play some outfield for them while they figure out how long Gutierrez’s latest injury will keep him out.
“I’m disappointed, I think we all are,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I don’t think anybody’s as disappointed as he is. I’m sure the frustration’s just off the charts for him. But it is what it is, so get back to work on it and go from there.”
Wedge said it will take “three or for days” before the team can properly evaluate the injury and try to anticipate a recovery timetable.
“He’s not going to be playing for us for a while,” he said.
Gutierrez injured himself crashing into the outfield wall during Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. He initially stayed in the game, but was later replaced by Jason Bay.
Wedge said he didn’t know details of a supposed blood disorder Gutierrez said he’d been treated for during his previous DL stint that ended just last week. As for this injury, Wedge said, as far as he knows it’s strictly a hamstring problem and not caused by some bigger issue.
Gutierrez had just come off the DL on Saturday, some two months after being placed on it following an injury in Houston while playing the Astros in April. He’d spent most of spring training and the initial few weeks of the regular season struggling to play in consecutive games because of leg issues.
Last season, Gutierrez missed the first two months because of a torn pectoral muscle suffered in spring training. Then, shortly after his return, he was beaned in the head during a pickoff attempt at first base and missed several more weeks because of a concussion and an inner ear imbalance.
Gutierrez missed most of the 2011 season with a stomach issue lingering from the latter part of the 2010 campaign. Shortly after returning from that, he tore his oblique muscle and missed the final month of the 2011 season.
As for Ackley, Wedge said he hasn’t had time to figure out a schedule for when he gets in. Ackley had yet to arrive at the ballpark and Wedge said he was too busy pregame dealing with the Gutierrez situation and revamping his lineup for tonight.
“He’s going to play,” Wedge said. “We’re going to keep working him in the outfield, but we might use him in the infield too if we have to.”
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