This was supposed to be the season of Franklin Gutierrez's re-emergence. But for Gutierrez and the Mariners, 2012 is off to an ominous start. Gutierrez sustained an injury to his shoulder area while throwing, and it was later identified that he hurt his pectoral muscle. He was sent in for an MRI Tuesday and the Mariners were to provide an update Wednesday, but the Wednesday update is vague and worrisome:
Gutierrez was sent back to Seattle to see the team doc. Wedge says there is "considerable concern" but will not speculate further— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) February 29, 2012
Wedge...team wanted medical director Edward Khalfayan to look at MRI results of Gutierrez pectoral injury. "It's not something very common''— Geoff Baker (@gbakermariners) February 29, 2012
Now, it's still possible that Gutierrez isn't hurt badly, and could return to camp soon. As you might've noticed, we don't know very much. But when you start mixing uncertainty, imagination, and a player with a medical history, you can come up with frightening things. Something's going on with Franklin Gutierrez, and that something might be bad.