Bay released, Gutierrez rehab runs out

Outfielder Jason Bay was released by the Mariners on Tuesday, making the veteran outfielder a free agent after being designated for assignment a week earlier.

The Mariners also returned outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, though he remains on the 15-day disabled list and was not added to the active roster.

Since the return of Michael Morse from the disabled list last week, Seattle has five healthy outfielders in Morse, Michael Saunders, Raul Ibanez, Dustin Ackley and Endy Chavez.

Bay, 34, hit .204 with 11 home runs and 20 RBIs in 68 games for the Mariners after signing a one-year, $1 million deal during the offseason.

Gutierrez has played just 18 games for the Mariners this season, batting .267 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 60 at-bats. He’s had three different stints on the disabled list, the latest due to a strained hamstring.

Position players can only spend 20 days on each Minor League rehab stint, so Gutierrez has returned to the team from his latest time with Triple-A Tacoma, but has not been added to the 25-man roster.

Gutierrez has hit .219 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 37 games for Tacoma this year.

 

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