Gutierrez headed to extended spring training

Gutierrez headed to extended spring training

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez will make the next step in his rehab process by playing in extended spring training in Arizona.

Out since February with a partially torn pectoral muscle, Gutierrez then suffered another setback when he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his foot while he was rehabbing that injury. The pectoral injury is fully healed, but Gutierrez has been able to run for less than a week.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the former Gold Glove winner has been able to take batting practice and run without any problems.

"Had a really good day today," Wedge said Sunday. "So the plan is, we're going to look to get him out of here, get him down to Arizona for a short period of time, then to look to get him to Tacoma."

Gutierrez is expected to use all 20 days of his allotted rehab time with Triple-A Tacoma because of the extended time he missed throughout Spring Training.