Gutierrez back on DL as M’s call up Ackley
Seattle Times staff reporter
Franklin Gutierrez barely lasted two games before finding himself back in a familiar and foreboding place.
The Mariners placed Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list yet again on Tuesday with a strained right hamstring. It’s the same hamstring that sidelined him two months before he was finally activated again on Saturday.
Then came Sunday, when Gutierrez collided with the center field wall on a catch and hurt the leg again. Dustin Ackley was called up from Class AAA in his place and will play mostly the outfield when he is used in games.
“I’m disappointed, I think we all are,’’ Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I don’t think anybody’s as disappointed as he is. I’m sure the frustration’s just off the charts for him. But it is what it is, so get back to work on it and go from there.’’
Wedge said he isn’t sure exactly how he’ will use Ackley, who rejoined the team just before game time and was not in the starting lineup Tuesday night.
Ackley hit .365 with an on-base-plus-slugging mark of .972 in 104 at-bats at AAA while learning to play left field and center.
“He’s going to play,’’ Wedge said, adding that Ackley could also return to the infield if needed at times.
As for Gutierrez, the latest injury continues a four-season nightmare for him on that front.
He had spent most of spring training and the initial few weeks of the regular season struggling to play in consecutive games because of leg issues.
Last season, Gutierrez missed the first two-plus months with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in spring training. Then, shortly after his return, he was beaned in the head during a pickoff attempt at first base and missed several more weeks because of a concussion and inner ear issues.
Gutierrez missed most of the 2011 season with a stomach issue lingering from the latter part of the 2010 campaign. Shortly after returning from that, he tore his oblique muscle and missed the final month of the 2011 season.
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