The Mariners are still trying to figure out what is wrong with center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.
Mariners’ center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., Tuesday to have his ongoing stomach issues looked into. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said there is no timetable for Gutierrez beyond that.
There is the start of one for closer David Aardsma, who did on-field drills with the team Monday afternoon. Hes expected to get rehabilitation work Tuesday in Tacoma.
Hes going to probably need three or four outings, Wedge said. But thats always subject to change. Thats why well see how tomorrow goes, first time back out, then go from there.
Wedge said when Aardsma returns to the Major Leagues, his first outing will not be in a closing role.
The fundamentals are fundamental
Much has been made about the Mariners doing a full-squad workout prior to Mondays game. If you were not looking at a thermometer, Mondays display of cutoffs and covers of first base looked like spring training.
Players came off the field sweating and heading for the Gatorade. In a harrowing moment, Felix Hernandez made a long stretch when covering first base. Its the kind of play that could be followed by the words groin strain. Hernandez was fine, though he joked about that issue with his teammates.
Well do it every now and again during the season, Wedge said. Its nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. Been asked about it quite a bit today.
Platoon at second?
Theres not strict left/right platoon at second base according to Wedge.
I like the way Kennedy is swinging the bat, I like the way Rodriguez is swinging the bat, so theyve been getting more time, Wedge said. Its nice to have options.