"It's just a process of trying to help him get over the hump," Wedge said. "If you play him again today, it's going to be another setback. If you give him today off, hopefully we can start pulling back-to-back days with him. That would be the plan. But for him to get better, that's just what we have to do."
Wedge acknowledged that a stint on the disabled list is a possibility at some point if the situation doesn't improve.
"Down the road, if this keeps up it is," he said. "We're trying to avoid that. But if this keeps up, that will be our only other option."
With Michael Saunders eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, the Mariners will have an extra outfielder whenever he's ready to play. But Wedge wasn't ready to say that Saunders might trade places with Gutierrez at that point, particularly with no assurance when exactly Saunders will be ready.
"I don't want to speculate," Wedge said. "I'm still hoping we're in the process of getting [Gutierrez] over the hump. In regard to Saunders coming back, that's still a long way off for me. So many things can happen between now and then."
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.