Wedge: Gutierrez injury of ‘considerable concern’

Franklin Gutierrez was flown back to Seattle to have tests evaluated on his injured pectoral muscle. (Greg Johns/MLB.com)

Gold Glove center fielder Franklin Gutierrez flew home to Seattle to have his injured pectoral muscle evaluated and the Mariners are awaiting word Wednesday on the significance of that issue.

The fact Gutierrez returned to Seattle for further testing indicates the injury is worrisome.

Gutierrez injured the muscle in his chest while making throws from the outfield early in Tuesday’s workout session at the Peoria Sports Complex. He is being examined by team medical director Ed Khalfayan following an MRI test.

“There’s considerable concern, but we’re not going to go past that until we hear from Dr. Khalafayn and he takes a first-hand look at him,” manager Eric Wedge said.

The Mariners open Cactus League play on Friday against the A’s in Phoenix and Gutierrez definitely won’t be playing in that game.

“Best-case scenario, he’s going to miss some time here, the next few days and maybe even beyond that,” said Wedge.

Wedge said the injury isn’t very common for baseball players and he wasn’t going to speculate on the difficulty of returning from such a problem.

“We haven’t gone down that road yet,” he said. “Obviously we will right away as soon as we get a solid diagnosis, but we haven’t even allowed ourselves to go there yet.”

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