|Franklin Gutierrez Heading Back to Seattle |
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, June 13, 2012 at 2:59 am ET
Franklin Gutierrez Profile
It has been a long time coming, but Franklin Gutierrez appears set to return to Seattle on Wednesday. Gutierrez -- out since early in Spring Training when he suffered a pectoral injury -- battled a few other ailments while trying to get back on the field, but he has been playing the last week and a half for Triple-A Tacoma.
Gutierrez hasn't been tearing the cover off the ball in his 10 games with Tacoma (.211/.279/.289), but he has looked healthy and strong, a big change from last season. No official moves have been made yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reported that in the clubhouse after the game tonight pitcher Blake Beavan and infielder/outfielder Alex Liddi were packing up for a trip back to Triple-A. Franklin is coming up from Salt Lake City tonight/tomorrow along with Erasmo Ramirez to take their spots, and Baker says to expect outfielder Casper Wells and a reliever -- probably Steve Delabar -- to take the place of Mike Carp and Stephen Pryor, who both appear headed to the DL.
Gutierrez's arrival will push Michael Saunders -- arguably the club's best offensive player to this point in the season -- from center field to left field, where he has played a majority of his major league games.