Guti back with Mariners; Jones returns to Tacoma

GutiVeteran outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has been selected from Triple-A Tacoma and will play left field and hit second in Tuesday night’s game against the Royals.

Outfielder James Jones was optioned back to Tacoma on Tuesday to open a spot on the 25-man roster.

Gutierrez, 32, has hit .317 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs and a .902 OPS in 48 games for Tacoma after not playing at all in 2014 while dealing with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a nerve condition that has affected him the last several years.

Gutierrez was a Gold Glove center fielder for the Mariners in 2010, but has played primarily left field and designated hitter this season for Tacoma.

Gutierrez has appeared in 762 Major League games with the Indians (2005-08) and Mariners (2009-13). In five seasons with the Mariners he hit .255 with 45 home runs and 194 RBIs and set an American League record with 846 consecutive errorless chances from Aug. 21, 2009-Sept. 11, 2012.

After playing in 305 games combined in 2009-10, Gutierrez missed significant time on the disabled list from 2011-2013, appearing in 173 games.

Jones, 26, appeared in seven games with the Mariners after being recalled from Tacoma on June 15. He was 0-for-8 with a stolen base. In 48 games with Tacoma, Jones hit .264 with 15 stolen bases.

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