Latest health update on Gutierrez and Moore
The Mariners placed Franklin Gutierrez and Adam Moore on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday to get their roster to the required 28 players for Opening Day, but manager Eric Wedge said both players are progressing nicely in their rehabs back in Peoria, Ariz.
Both DL moves are retroactive to March 24, which means they’d technically be eligible to return the fifth game of the season — the start of the Rangers series in Texas on April 9.
Wedge said Moore could be able to catch in games as soon as the team returns to Arizona on Friday. Realistically, he figures to open the season in Triple-A Tacoma since the Mariners already have Miguel Olivo, Jesus Montero and John Jaso, but he will at least be available fairly soon if something happens to that group and he could be able to help out in the five Cactus League games when the club gets back to Arizona.
Gutierrez is a bigger question mark. It’s been a month since the Gold Glove center fielder felt his pectoral muscle give out while making a throw in practice. The Mariners said then that it’d be at least four weeks until he could resume baseball activities and Wedge said he’s “still on line, still on schedule to do everything.”
Gutierrez has done some very easy throwing, Wedge said, while mostly doing pool work to stay in condition.
Wedge said the biggest question is how long Gutierrez will need once he is able to throw full out.
“The biggest thing for me is, how much time does he need to play?” Wedge said. “It’s not just getting healthy. He didn’t have a Spring Training so we’ve got to make sure he’s prepared to compete.”