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Gutierrez begins playing in Arizona

Gutierrez begins playing in Arizona

Gutierrez begins playing in Arizona
ARLINGTON -- Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, on the disabled list since the start of the season with a torn pectoral muscle and then plantar fasciitis in his right heel, had four at-bats in an unofficial extended spring training game in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Manager Eric Wedge said the former Gold Glove outfielder will play five innings in the field on Wednesday as he continues working his way toward a Minor League rehab stint.

"He swung the bat well," Wedge said. "He'll play in the field tomorrow. We'll probably give him a couple days again after that and then see where we're at."

Wedge said he's hopeful Gutierrez can rejoin the Mariners before the All-Star break in July. If he stays on schedule, he could begin his Minor League rehab stint early next week, which would put him in line to be back with the Mariners during the last week of June.

Once a position player begins a Minor League rehab, he has a maximum of 20 days before he must be recalled by the Major League club. Wedge has indicated Gutierrez will need all 20 days in the Minors, since he hasn't played since early in Spring Training.

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