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Mariners, Gutierrez still searching for answers

Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:00 pm
Franklin GutierrezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The long, confusing case of Franklin Gutierrez's stomach illness continues.

After the Mariners' center fielder was scratched from a rehab start on Friday, the team is still looking for answers and could send him to the Mayo Clinic or another major, national facility to seek further treatment for his stomach problems, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes.

The team will announce more after Saturday's game in Kansas City.

"I think we're probably going to end up sending him somewhere to get further evaluation," manager Eric Wedge said. 

The Mariners have been searching for an answer to Gutierrez's problems for more than a year. They thought they had it figured out this spring, but the problems persist.

After a career-year in 2009, Guiterrez saw a drop in all his offensive numbers last season, although he did win his first Gold Glove.

For his career, the 28-year-old has hit .261/.316/.400 in parts of six seasons with the Mariners and Indians.

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