As he suited up for what could be his final Mariners game for a long while, Franklin Gutierrez offered rare insight into his frustration level. "I know it's been really tough on me the past two or three years," Gutierrez said this week. "I'm just trying to be positive and focus on the things I need to do to be on the field. Because nobody wants to have an injury. I don't want to be that guy. I want to be an everyday player. Be ready to play every day." Hours later, Gutierrez, 30, would strain his right hamstring and go on the disabled list for the fifth time in two years. He'd also been slowed the final two months of 2010 with a mysterious stomach ailment and battled knee tendinitis that limited him during the second half of his inaugural 2009 campaign with the team. Gutierrez's health issues are now impacting other Mariners players, coaches and front office personnel in a 2013 season off to the worst start possible. His inability to play has exposed the risks taken in several roster decisions, caused the Mariners to use some veterans far more than they wanted and could eventually start costing people their jobs. And that's why, as sympathetic as some are to Gutierrez's health plight, they remain equally frustrated by it as well. "There have been players who have just been snakebit before," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge, who first had Gutierrez as a player in Cleveland in 2007 and 2008. "And I do think he's one of the most unlucky guys I've had the fortune of being around." Gutierrez's latest injury came as he was coping with a pelvic problem that cropped up in spring training. It impacted his hamstrings, groin and hips to the point where the Mariners struggled to play him multiple days in a row. Wedge said Gutierrez will try to deal with the pelvic problem more permanently while he's recovering from the hamstring strain. "Everybody's trying everything under the sun to try to help him be able to stay on the field more," Wedge said. "So, whether it's body type or bad luck or whatever it may be. Or, playing center field and having to react to every ball. There's a lot to be said for that, so there's nothing that hasn't been looked at with him. It's just unfortunate."
Gutierrez injury problems put strain on Seattle Mariners
Seattle Times | Apr 25