Gutierrez sidelined with groin soreness

Gutierrez sidelined with groin soreness

SEATTLE -- Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was not in the lineup Monday against the Angels as manager Eric Wedge said he's "day to day" with a sore left groin muscle that led to his removal from Sunday's loss in Oakland.

Of course, there are only two days remaining in the season after Monday, but Wedge doesn't want to just write Gutierrez off yet as he has hoped to see the former Gold Glove winner in the same outfield with Michael Saunders and Casper Wells down the stretch.

Not to mention, he wants Gutierrez to get as much as possible out of a season in which he's played just 40 games due first to a partially torn oblique muscle and later to a concussion.

"I'm a big believer you have to fight to stay on the field," Wedge said. "If he has a chance to play another game, we're going to get him in there. If it doesn't make any sense, then we won't."

But Wedge said Gutierrez was still "really sore" on Monday after feeling the leg tighten up while running the bases Sunday, when he doubled in his first two at-bats.