Mariners give Gutierrez day of rest

Mariners give Gutierrez day of rest

SEATTLE -- After starting in center field back-to-back nights in his return to the Mariners following a stint on the disabled list to begin the season, Franklin Gutierrez received a day off Saturday.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that although Gutierrez was briefly shaken up after fouling a ball off his left knee in Friday's game, he was merely giving the former Gold Glove winner a break.

"We're still going to ease him in here for the first 10 days or so and pick some spots for him," Wedge said Saturday. "With the day game tomorrow, he played two days in a row, [so] it's a good time to give him a little break and get him back in there tomorrow."

Gutierrez is 1-for-6 with a run and an RBI in two games after returning from a partial pectoral tear and plantar fasciitis.