Wedge hopeful Morse, Guti can return Tuesday

Wedge hopeful Morse, Guti can return Tuesday

SEATTLE -- There's caution in manager Eric Wedge's voice, but he's holding onto the hope that two injured outfielders, Michael Morse (non-displaced fracture of his right pinkie) and Franklin Gutierrez (right groin) can get back on the field by Tuesday.

"There's a chance. He's [Morse] going to do some stuff today, so we'll see,'' Wedge said. "I'm hoping for Guti, too. With the off-day [Monday], I'm hoping he's come far enough along so he's not in harm's way. The concern is we've already lost two outfielders. We can't afford to lose another one.''

Wedge said Gutierrez was available "to a point."

"But how hard do I want to push that with two other outfielders down? It's a slippery slope as far as I'm concerned," Wedge said.

Bob Sherwin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.