Gutierrez says diet likely cause of stomach problems

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was back in camp in Peoria on Saturday after having a series of medical tests on a lingering stomach issue in Seattle, but said he still has no answers.

GutierrezFranklinMug.jpgGutierrez said he began having problems for the first time in the middle of last season and lost weight as he ate less because of the issues. When he began feeling the same problem during Spring Training, the Mariners had him undergo more tests.

“Obviously I don’t want to go through the same thing I went through last year,” he said.”They just want to make sure eveyrthing is fine. … Last year there were days I was feeling good, other days not. I realize something’s not right. It’s more related to the food probably, but I’m still waiting for the results.”

What did the doctors learn?

“Nothing yet,” Gutierrez said. “It was a long day. We’re still waiting for the results. But now I feel good.”

Gutierrez got off to a fast start last season, but trailed off noticeably. He hit .256 with a .717 OPS in the first half, .230 with a .601 OPS in the second.

Mariners interim manager Daren Brown noted at the end of last season that he believed the center fielder’s stomach problems had affected his play, something Gutierrez acknowledged on Saturday.

“When I feel those days that it doesn’t feel right, obviously you don’t eat like you’re supposed to eat and you don’t get the same energy,” he said. “I’m not going to blame it on that, but I guess it’s a little bit part of that. You need to get energy to play your game. And you get that energy with food.”

Gutierrez hasn’t been told to change his diet yet, but has tried eliminating some foods on his own with mixed results.

What does he probably need to eliminate completely?

“Probably ice creams, I guess,” he said with a smile. “I don’t know.”

So for now, the Gold Glove outfielder will just await suggestions from the doctors and go on with Spring Training. He says he’s not worried. At least he’s not going to admit it.

“I’m fine right now because I’m just gonig to see if the tests find something. Probably not. But I’m fine right now,” he said. “I’m trying not to think about it and be optimistic. I’m fine now and that’s the most important thing.”

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I hope the docs can find somthing and offer him some relief. I know how debilitating stomach pain can be and how much it can take out of you. Good luck Guti

Could be food intolerances–maybe lactose or milk protein. Can leave you feeling awful and fatigued for days on end. Asians and Hispanics are particularly susceptible. The doctors should put him on a formal elimination diet. It’s no fun, but how else are you going to find out? Get well, soon, Franklin!

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