Gutierrez remains sidelined by heel issue

Gutierrez remains sidelined by heel issue

BOSTON -- Oft-injured center fielder Franklin Gutierrez continues undergoing treatment on plantar fasciitis in a heel, which figures to delay his return to the Mariners until at least late June, manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday.

The former Gold Glove outfielder is on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered early in Spring Training. He's now able to throw and hit without a problem, but the heel issue will keep him off his feet almost another two weeks.

"He's having treatments and will have another on Monday, the third one on his heel," said Wedge. "After that, he'll not run for another week and hopefully then we can get him going again."

Once Gutierrez is healthy, he'll likely spend a few days in Arizona working out, then go out on a 20-day Minor League rehab assignment. That means a best-case scenario would have him out until late June, if he has no further problems.

Wedge said Gutierrez's absence has been a tough hurdle to overcome.

"It's big. It's measurable," Wedge said. "You see that void in the two-hole and the void from the right side. It's a legitimate void for us, without a doubt. And it has been [all season]."