Franklin Gutierrez left last night's game after "hyperventilating in the dugout"

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Franklin Gutierrez batted twice in the Mariners’ five-run second inning last night, but then left the game after reportedly hyperventilating in the dugout. Here’s more from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

Gutierrez said he was “obviously” frightened because he’d never experienced something like that. He wasn’t sure whether his troubles catching his breath were related to a stomach ailment that knocked him from a pair of games over the weekend.

“I feel better right now,” he said. “We’ll see what happens tomorrow.” The A’s team doctor examined Gutierrez on-site and told the player there didn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong.

I’m not doctor, but the weekend stomach ailment sure seems like the most probable explanation. After all, why would anyone get that worked up over a meaningless early September game between a 55-84 team and a 68-70 team? It’s not like Gutierrez was in a pressure-packed situation, like a junior-high dance or something. Not that I’d know anything about that either.

Also, apparently the whole “breathe-into-a-paper-bag” thing is a myth. Based on my experience, the only cure is to stop going to dances.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.