Gutierrez still working on heel issue

Gutierrez still working on heel issue

SEATTLE -- Injured Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took batting practice and did some light running on his sore right heel for a third straight day on Friday, but manager Eric Wedge said he's still having some effect from plantar fasciitis when he's pushing off with his foot.

Wedge said it's not certain when Gutierrez will head to Arizona to begin playing in extended spring workouts. Gutierrez has been on the disabled list since early in Spring Training with a torn pectoral muscle and has spent the past few weeks recovering from the heel problem.

"He looks good," Wedge said. "We're going to see where he's at at the end of this week with regard to whether he's ready to go to Arizona or not. That's what we're hoping for. He ran again today. Is he 100 percent? No, just talking about the heel. Everything else is looking pretty good, the BP and arm.

"We just have to see what kind of progress he makes here in the next couple days. We'll talk about it Sunday and see if we need to keep him here a couple more days before he goes to Arizona or if he's ready to go out."

After Gutierrez plays about a week in Arizona, he'll go out on a 20-day Minor League rehab stint before being ready to join the Mariners. The 2010 Gold Glove outfielder said he's just trying to maintain a positive attitude after dealing with various health issues for two straight years now.

"You need to be on the field to show what you can do," he said. "I'm just trying to stay healthy right now and come back and play my game."