But Wedge said he's not going to play the half-in game with Gutierrez anymore and needs to see him at full strength before he returns.
"I'm hoping we can start [a Minor League rehab stint] at the end of the week," Wedge said. "But I'm not looking for him to come back just to be OK to play. We've done that and it hasn't worked. When he comes back, he's got to be ready to go. So we'll let that dictate how long it takes."
And that means seeing Gutierrez play day after day at Triple-A Tacoma or elsewhere, whatever it takes.
"It has to be for me," Wedge said. "The other way doesn't work. It hasn't worked. For three years. So he's going to have to be able to come here and play. I need to see him play every day."
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