Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was sent to Seattle today to be examined by team doctors as the Mariners try to determine what's ailing their star's stomach- and how to deal with it.
Gutierrez missed playing time late last year when his stomach kept him off the field. According to manager Eric Wedge, the issue cropped up 'on and off' this spring.
"He's been able to do everything, but we want to be proactive with this, get ahead of it and stay ahead of it," Wedge said. "It's still hanging around, so we sent him to Seattle."
How soon Gutierrez returns to the team depends upon when he gets back - and what tests determine is wrong.
Wedge said even before the stomach became an issue, he'd determined giving Gutierrez a few more days off during the season would help keep him fresh throughout the year.