Gutierrez takes BP, says hammy feels better

Gutierrez takes BP, says hammy feels better

SEATTLE -- Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took batting practice on Friday as he continues his recovery from a strained right hamstring that has sidelined him since April 22.

The 30-year-old is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list as soon as he's ready, but the Mariners will be cautious with the oft-injured veteran.

"He's feeling pretty good," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's been swinging the bat and he'll take some BP today. But we're not to the point where we're going to run him just yet. It's going to take some time for him to get back, but he's progressing."

Gutierrez sounded a bit more optimistic.

"The hamstring is a lot better," he said. "I'm not having any problems swinging and I'm running a little, and no problems there either. I'm going to wait a few days and then I'll run the bases."

Once Gutierrez is ready, he'll need some Minor League rehab time, but there's no timetable on that decision.

Greg Johns is a reporter for 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.