Peguero recalled as Gutierrez goes on DL
Peguero, 25, was hitting .246 with two home runs, 14 RBIs and a .351 on-base percentage in 17 games with Tacoma.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Peguero isn’t a candidate to play center field in place of Gutierrez, but he can fill a corner outfield spot. Peguero has hit .191 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 63 games in limited duty with Seattle over the previous two years.
Endy Chavez figures to handle center field duties, with Jason Bay available as a backup option until Saunders returns. Bay has played 38 games in center field in his Major League career, but none since 2005 while with the Pirates. He did play two games there this spring in Cactus League games for the Mariners.
Saunders is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Friday, though he just began throwing Monday for the first time since spraining his right shoulder on April 11 and may need a little more time.
The other outfielders on the 25-man roster are Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez.
Gutierrez is making his fifth trip to the disabled list in the past three seasons. He played only 132 of 324 games in 2011-12 because of a stomach disorder, a strained oblique, a torn pectoral muscle and a concussion.
This year he’s been hampered by sore legs that he said apparently have been caused by a pelvic problem. He started just four of the last 10 games, but indicated before Monday’s contest that he was feeling better and looking forward to playing regularly again.
But he lasted just four innings before straining his right hamstring diving for a bloop single by Chris Carter. The 2010 Gold Glove winner was hitting .259 with four home runs and 10 RBIs while filling the leadoff role when healthy.