Sep 04, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (21) is escorted off the field after an injury during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Ouch: A Possible Gutierrez Injury

The news broke earlier today.

Again? Really?!

The details are hazy, but what we do know is that it’s a pectoral issue. If the team has lost Franklin for any significant amount of time, this is a huge loss. Even if you disregard the offensive rebound this team direly needs from him, the Mariners don’t have a true center fielder after Gutierrez. There are a few patch job candidates such as Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, and Trayvon Robinson, but not a single permanent option.

The MRI results will be in some time tomorrow at which point we will have a much clearer outlook on options, if need be. Guti returned to camp afterwards which you have to take as a good sign. Overall, bad, bad news. I’m sure I speak for Mariner fans everywhere when I say I hope this turns out to be nothing.

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