Tag:Michael Saunders
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:48 pm

Mariners' Gutierrez to start season on DL

Franklin GutierrezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez will once again miss opening day, and he could miss all of April after the team announced he suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle.

The good news is he isn't expected to need surgery. He will need at least four weeks before he is able to participate in any baseball activities.

"At this point, we don't know," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. "Every body responds to things differently. We do't know wwhat he'll be able to do and at this point, we'll probably just ease him into things gradually."

Last season Gutierrez didn't play until May after being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome during spring training.

Chone Figgins played center field in Wednesday's intrasquad game. Michael Suanders and Casper Wells, along with Figgins, are candidates to replace Gutierrez while he's gone.

Gutierrez played in just 92 games last season, hitting .224/.261/.273 with one home run.

He left Tuesday's workout with the pectoral injury and had an MRI the same day. He flew back to Seattle on Wednesday to see the team's doctor.

In other injury news from Wednesday:

• Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to have his right eye examined by team doctors after his bunt attempt hit him in the face.

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Burnett joked, "Where did the bone go?" after the ball hit him in the face.

Burnett wasn't scheduled to throw on Wednesday.
• Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson threw his first bullpen session since suffering a concussion on Feb. 20. Hanson threw 30-pitches and told rpeorters he felt good.

"I think I threw a little better than I had expected," Hanson said (via MLB.com). "I've had some time to think about some mechanical stuff. I was surprised by how well I threw."

Hanson may throw live batting practice on Friday, but he still has to pass one more part of the concussion impact test.

•The Angels' Kendrys Morales is making progress from his 2010 ankle injury, hitting from both sides of the plate, something he didn't do last spring. He also added S-turns in his running -- another thing he never did last season.

"He's in a different position now because he's had nothing but a progression to the point where you can see that he'll progress to playing games in a couple of weeks," manager Mike Scioscia told reporters, including Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

• Keeping with the theme of Angels displaced by Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo was cleared by doctors on Wednesday to return to the field.

Trumbo, who had a stress fracture in his right foot, is attempting to make the move to third base. [Orange County Register]

• Cubs catcher Geovany Soto will miss the start of the Cactus League with a sore groin, but told reporters it wasn't a big deal.

"It's spring training, and there's no hurry to get out there," Soto told reporters, including Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. "I want to be there as much as I can, just to play. I've had four months off and you train hard all offseason, so you want to get every game possible to get ready for the season."

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Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 4:43 pm

Homegrown Team: Seattle Mariners

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule of this feature, click here.

The Seattle Mariners have finished last place in the AL West six of the past eight seasons. Would things have been different if management had done a better job of keeping the right organizational pieces? In a word: Yes. Check this out ...


1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adam Jones, CF
6. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
7. Dustin Ackley, 2B
8. Raul Ibanez, 1B
9. Jason Varitek, C

Starting Rotation

1. Felix Hernandez
2. Michael Pineda
3. Doug Fister
4. Brandon Morrow
5. Joel Pineiro


Closer - J.J. Putz
Set up - Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton, Eric O'Flaherty, Brian Fuentes, Damaso Marte, George Sherrill
Long - Derek Lowe

Notable Bench Players

Adam Moore, Greg Dobbs, Bryan LaHair, Luis Valbuena, Jose Lopez, Yuniesky Betancourt, Willie Bloomquist, Michael Saunders, Carlos Peguero

What's Good?

Almost everything. The lineup is solid, the starting rotation is very good, the bullpen is great and there is some bench depth. There are superstars like King Felix and A-Rod with up-and-comers like Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Pineda. And 2011 first-rounder Danny Hultzen (starting pitcher) will soon be added to the mix.

What's Not?

Age in some areas. A-Rod, Ortiz, Ichiro and Ibanez are all in different levels of decline, but there's no doubt they're all certainly in decline. Catcher is also a problem, as we're left deciding between a has-been (Varitek) and a possible never-will-be (Moore). Pick your poison there.

As for the lineup, I tried to figure out how to best work it. Maybe swap Jones and A-Rod spots? I'd be OK with that, considering the seasons those two had in 2011. Also, Ichiro's OBP was terrible for a leadoff man last season (.310), but wouldn't it make the back-end of the lineup too punchless if you batted Ackley leadoff? With the way I left it, the leadoff spot is weak.

Comparison to real 2011

The 2011 Mariners lost 95 games and this team above would have a shot at winning 95. You can take away from the older stars all you want, but with that pitching staff, the offense doesn't have to be great. It only has to be good, and it's easily good enough to get plenty of wins when only needing to put three or four runs on the board. Plus, as those older guys continue to decline, the likes of Jones, Ackley and Cabrera just get better. In Sunday's Homegrown Team, I said to expect to see the Cubs toward the bottom of the rankings (when we do them). This entry is the complete opposite. Expect to see the Mariners toward the top of the rankings. This is a great team. For now.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:09 pm

Gutierrez gets another diagnosis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Franklin GutierrezFranklin Gutierrez has a new diagnosis and a new treatment, now hopefully it's the right one.

After being diagnosed with a  "slow digestive tract" this spring, Gutierrez continued to struggle with stomach issues before starting the season on the disabled list. He was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this week and the new diagnosis is irritable bowel syndrome. He is taking new medicine that he must take before he eats.

"I've been having this a long time and nobody knew what I had, so knowing now this is what I have [and] can be treatable makes me feel better mentally," Gutierrez told Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times. "And now I want to feel better physically, too, to get ready and be here again. It's going to take time for the medicine to work. Let's see how it goes."

The Mariners are still slow to give a timetable for Gutierrez's return, but the center fielder will travel with the team to Detroit and Boston.

In Gutierrez's stead, Mariner center fielders have hit .208/.318/.389 with three homers and one stolen base -- those starts have been distributed evenly between Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders with 11 games each, before Sunday's game. 

Even if Gutierrez doesn't return to his 2009 form, his 2010 regression would still be an improvement. Gutierrez hit .245/.303/.363 last season while dealing with his stomach issues. He hit .283/.339/.425 in 2009.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 11:43 pm

Langerhans wins CF job in Seattle

LangerhansBy Evan Brunell

Franklin Gutierrez's replacement in center field was revealed late Thursday night as manager Eric Wedge said Ryan Langerhans will fill the role.

The non-roster invitee earned the invitation after batting .316 to beat out Michael Saunders. The 31-year-old has had extensive experience in the majors despite the relative surprise of the announcement. Langerhans has been a Mariner for the past two seasons, with two brief sojourns in Oakland and Washington in 2007. Prior to that. Langerhans spent five years in Atlanta. All told, he has a career .228/.333/.374 line in 1,395 plate appearances.

So while Langerhans may have the job, history says he won't hit well enough to keep it. If he doesn't get off to a fast start, the team could easily dump Langerhans and keep Saunders in the reserve role. However, Langerhans hs reworked his swing and come out of it with positive results, so could easly cling onto the job.

"He really has had a nice camp for us," Wedge told MLB.com. "Michael will be in center field some, too. But we felt that's where we wanted to start on Opening Day, and we'll go from there. He's been around a little bit more and has some experience. You really have to recognize the camp he had, the way he swung the bat and ran the bases, and he plays an aggressive center field. So that's where we want to start."

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:21 pm

Gutierrez to play this weekend or go on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Franklin GutierrezMariners general manager Jack Zduriencik says Franklin Gutierrez will have to play this weekend or he'll begin the season on the disabled list.

"If he can't get in a game this weekend, we'll probably have to start looking at alternatives," Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Gutierrez was scheduled to have another test on his stomach this morning. Gutierrez has been saddled with a stomach ailment since last season. Earlier this spring the Mariners thought they had a diagnosis nailed down, but Gutierrez's stomach started acting up again.

Gutierrez has played in just nine games this spring. If he goes on the disabled list, Baker speculates that the team will likely keep Michael Saunders to split times with Ryan Langerhans in center.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 4:38 pm

Attorney: Bradley won't be charged

Milton Bradley
Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley will not be charged in connection with an altercation with his wife last month in Los Angeles, according to a statement released by the player's attorney.

"The allegations against Milton Bradley were thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office," said the statement from Harland Braun. "Both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges and no charges were filed."

Bradley will, however, have to leave spring training for a March 9 meeting with a Los Angeles City Attorney.

"As is customary in domestic cases, the City Attorney's Office has scheduled a private meeting with Milton and his wife to make sure that this type of misunderstanding does not occur again," the statement read.

The temperamental outfielder's first year in Seattle was a disaster. He left the team in the middle of a game, leading to a leave of absence, batted .205 and played in just 73 games before August knee surgery ended his season. He's scheduled to make $12 million this season and doesn't even have a starting job, with Michael Saunders penciled in as the left fielder and Jack Cust signed as the everyday designated hitter.

UPDATE: Hold the phones. The city attorney's office tells Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that the status of Bradley's case hasn't changed, and no formal decision on charges will be made until after the March 9 hearing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 2:06 am

Mariners scuffle in dugout

The drama in Seattle wasn't another Jonathan Papelbon blown save, but a scuffle in the Mariners' dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu pulled Chone Figgins from the game.

"What people have to understand is that everyone in the dugout cares," Wakamatsu said after the game. "Tempers flair there, but what happens there, stays there."

Replays showed Jose Lopez being restrained by Jack Wilson and Ryan Rowland-Smith, while Russell Branyan was held back by several other teammates.

It appeared Branyan was going after Figgins, when Lopez got in the way. At some point, Lopez's jersey was ripped off in the scuffle.

Figgins was lifted after a play in the fifth inning where it appeared he stood on second base and watched an errant throw from left fielder Michael Saunders to go wild, allowing Mike Cameron to go to third. It didn't cost the team a run, as Jason Vargas got out of the jam.

Wakamatsu said he didn't feel Figgins gave enough effort on the play, so he pulled him from the game.

In the bottom of the inning, Figgins was replaced by Josh Wilson. Wilson came up with two on and two outs in the ninth and struck out to end the game.

The incident overshadowed Josh Becekett's return from the disabled list. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and a run, walking three and a striking out five.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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