Franklin Gutierrez ready for rehab assignment

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From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez ran the bases for a second time Wednesday in Seattle and is set to begin playing in minor league rehab games on either Thursday or Friday of this week.

Gutierrez has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 23 due to a strained right hamstring. He also spent some time on the shelf earlier this season because of groin tightness. If all goes well in his rehab games, the injury-prone 30-year-old should be back on Seattle’s active roster by early next week.

Gutierrez was batting .259/.286/.537 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 57 plate appearances before suffering the hamstring strain. He’s a .256/.308/.388 career hitter in the major leagues.

Report: Rockies close to signing Bryan Shaw

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rockies are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Bryan Shaw. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Shaw’s deal is for three years and will guarantee about $9 million per year.

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five seasons in the Indians’ bullpen. Over that span of time, mostly setting up for closer Cody Allen, Shaw put up an aggregate 3.11 ERA with a 333/119 K/BB ratio in 358 2/3 innings.

The Rockies have been in hot pursuit of bullpen help after losing Greg Holland and Pat Neshek to free agency. Shaw would certainly represent a significant improvement in the bullpen.