Franklin Gutierrez has been battling stomach issues for the better part of a year and a half. The most recent issues came a few weeks ago, when the discomfort in Gutierrez's stomach became such an issues that he flew to Seattle to undergo extensive tests to find out what has been causing the problems.
On Sunday, Dr. Mitch Storey announced that Gutierrez's stomach issues are caused by a slow digestive tract. There was no virus, no ulcers, nothing of grave concern.
"This is great news," Storey said. "There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s not sick. This is just a simple thing."'
This isn't something that gets better with time. This is a condition that Gutierrez is simply going to have to learn to live with and manage.
"He has been battling this for several years, so it's been a problem for him that just seemed to get worse, last year especially. There will be some experimentation on his part --- he'll learn the hard way, for sure. But it is something he is going to learn to deal with the rest of his life I believe.'
So simple that right now Gutierrez is treating the condition with some medication and some changes to his diet.
"Some of it is food, some of it is how much food he eats at a time,'' Storey said. "He has to choose food better, quite honestly."
When Gutierrez doesn't do that, he has problems.
"There's a lot involved in this to try to allow food to get through his stomach in a timely fashion," Storey said. "In the past, because it was slow, it would back up into his stomach so he could get cramps and not feel good and that would last for a couple of days.''
Gutierrez has already made the changes that the Mariners have asked and he's seeing some benefit.
"He is doing much, much better and we think we have the problem solved, for now,'' Storey said. "Now with the combination of medications and dietary changes he is doing much better. And so far since he has been back from Seattle, he has felt extremely good.''