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Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Page updated at 09:30 p.m.

Franklin Gutierrez shows improvement, but 'going to take some time to get back'

By Joshua Mayers
Seattle Times staff reporter

Franklin Gutierrez is improving from a strained hamstring, and even took batting practice Friday, but isn't ready to come off the disabled list just yet, according to Mariners manager Eric Wedge.

The 30-year-old outfielder was placed on the 15-day DL on April 23, making him eligible to come off whenever ready.

"He's feeling pretty good ... but he's going to take some time to get back," Wedge said.

Gutierrez has done a little running, but not "anything 100 percent" and "nothing on the bases," Wedge noted.

No timetable was given on a return, which could include a rehab assignment.

Gutierrez, who didn't start five games last month because of sore legs, has appeared in just 148 of 360 games since the start of the 2011 season, with five separate stints on the DL. He has three of the Mariners' five leadoff home runs this season, which have already tied a team record (2002, 2005, 2012).

Wedge supports replay amid recent controversy

Oakland was at the center of controversy this week as an apparent tying home run Wednesday against Cleveland was mistakenly called a double — even after a replay review by the umpiring crew.

Wedge said he still thinks "replay is healthy for the game, as long as they keep it within reason. I think they've done a good job of that."

Controversy also struck within the division in the Angels-Astros game Thursday, when Houston was erroneously allowed to make back-to-back pitching changes.

Wedge declined to comment much from afar.

"They've got a tough job," he said of the umpires, "so I'll leave it at that."

NOTES

• The Mariners will move starters Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma up in the rotation ahead of Aaron Harang heading into next week's road series against the New York Yankees. Said Wedge: "I think the dynamic has worked well with those guys back to back, so if we have an opportunity to keep it the same, we'll do it."

• Mariners third-base coach Jeff Datz, who informed the team last month he has been diagnosed with cancer, was at the ballpark Friday, but he isn't ready to resume his regular duties with the team yet. "It's good to see him out there," Wedge said. Daren Brown has been filling in for Datz.

• Seattle is 16-8 when its starting pitcher works at least six innings, 1-11 when starters pitch less than six innings.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter: @joshuamayers

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