Seattle Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is supposed to be one of the key cogs in the Mariners lineup, but the center fielder has once again suffered an injury. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Gutierrez has suffered a partial tear of his pectoral muscle and will be out for at least four weeks.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the club will look internally for a replacement and aren't planning to look outside the team for help, at least "at this time." Taking a look at our Seattle Mariners complete organizational depth chart, the club doesn't exactly have good options at this time at the major league level.
Gutierrez, who turned 29 last week, found success with the Mariners in his first season with the club hitting .283/.339/.425. The club signed Gutierrez to a four-year, $20.25 million deal with a team option for 2014 before the start to the 2010 season, but as Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues notes, it's been a disaster of a contract thus far. Since then, he's hit a dreadful .237/.288/.330 and virtually all his value has come from the defensive end.