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Wedge gives slumping Gutierrez day off

Wedge gives slumping Gutierrez day off

Wedge gives slumping Gutierrez day off
OAKLAND -- Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, hitting just .183 as he continues to try to fight out of a tough stretch, was given the day off on Monday with rookie Greg Halman taking his place.

Manager Eric Wedge said he had a sit-down with the veteran outfielder prior to Monday's game and told him to use the day to work on some things, with the plan to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Gutierrez, who missed the first six weeks of the season battling a stomach issue, went just 4-for-29 in the Mariners just-completed home stand, and was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts on Sunday.

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"He's a little in-between up there right now," Wedge said of his hitting approach. "He's trying to fight through it. Work is never an issue with these guys. The work is being done. But ultimately, I just felt like we needed a little chit-chat to see where he's at and what he's feeling. Not just mentally, but what he's feeling at home plate. We'll get him back in there tomorrow night."

Wedge believes that Gutierrez is back to full strength after his stomach problem.

"I don't think the physical part is an issue anymore," he said.

Gutierrez says he's just focused on getting himself squared away to help the team as best he can.

"I've been working hard this year," said the Gold Glove outfielder. "It's been a little crazy for me, but I'm still working every day. I know the numbers don't show what I've been working on, but the most important thing for me is how I feel physically and how I'm helping my team. That's what I'm concentrating on. Every day, every at-bat. And if I don't do it offensively, I try to help defensively."

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