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Franklin Gutierrez leaves early with hamstring issue | Mariners Notebook

The Mariners center fielder left Monday's game at Houston in the fourth inning with what the club is calling a tight right hamstring.

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HOUSTON — Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was already wincing in pain even before hitting the ground.

Gutierrez had lunged in vain for a single — television replays showed a pained expression on his face as he left his feet — that bounced off the end of his glove in the fourth inning of Monday night's game. He was slow to get up and the Mariners quickly pulled him from the contest with what was described as a tight right hamstring.

"It's a potential DL," manager Eric Wedge said after the game. "We want to talk to him here in a little bit and see how he feels tomorrow. But the poor guy just can't catch a break."

Before the game, Gutierrez revealed that an issue with his pelvis has caused tightness in various parts of his legs since spring training began.

"I have some issues with my pelvis, so I'm trying to fix it," he said. "Some days it's my groin. Some days it's my hamstring. It's different, but I'm working on it."

Gutierrez said he is being treated daily for the problem and performs regular stretching and exercises to strengthen the impacted area. The Mariners had hoped to get him into consecutive games this week and Gutierrez was trying to stay positive as he deals with his latest health issue.

"I know it's been really tough on me the past two or three years," he said. "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."

Gutierrez said he's never before had a problem like this one. He has no idea what caused it, only that it makes it tough for him to sometimes appear in multiple games in a row.

"I've been working every day just to get better," he said. "I'm trying to get in the lineup every day. When you have a day off, obviously it helps for the next day because you recover a little better."

Now, that recovery is again on hold.

Notes

• OF Michael Saunders played catch Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Saunders also took batting practice for the second time and looked fine, but Wedge didn't want to commit to activating him Friday when he's first eligible to return.

Wedge also did not rule out having Saunders do a minor-league rehabilitation stint for a couple of games.

"I don't think it would hurt him if he had one or two days," Wedge said. "I'm not saying it's going to happen, but it wouldn't hurt him."

• Former Mariners OF Casper Wells was acquired by Oakland on Monday for cash considerations in a trade with Toronto. Wells was designated for assignment by the Mariners at the end of spring training, then claimed by the Blue Jays only to be designated for assignment days later without having played a game.

Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single in the first inning on Monday. Seager's 10 doubles this month are tied for third most in franchise history in April.

• The Mariners had been 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position on this trip before Justin Smoak brought Seager home with a first-inning single.

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