PLAYING TIME: Gutierrez Injury and SEA Outfield

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Gutierrez injury opens up outfield PT battle

Franklin Gutiérrez (OF, SEA) was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle on February 29 that will keep him out of baseball activities for at least four weeks. Given the necessary rehab, it's likely he won't see MLB action until late April or May at the earliest. It's the latest in a string of injuries for Gutierrez, who is a fantastic defensive centerfielder but who has never been able to approach his .283/18/70/16 season from 2009. Despite a much-needed bump in ct% (to 83%), Gutierrez hit only .224 with 1 HR in 322 AB in 2011.

It does, though, create a roster opening and playing-time question for the Mariners. Among the possible players to see a boost in AB, at least...

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