Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome

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Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez finally got some answers about his stomach problems this week after visiting Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.

According to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and has been prescribed medication that he can take before each meal to curb some of his digestive issues.

He should be able to begin working out again soon and will travel with the Mariners on their upcoming six-game road trip to Detroit and Boston.

“I’ve been having this a long time and nobody knew what I had, so knowing now this is what I have (and) can be treatable makes me feel better mentally and now I want to feel better physically, too, to get ready and be here again,” Gutierrez said. “It’s going to take time for the medicine to work. Let’s see how it goes.”

The M’s placed Gutierrez on the disabled list before Opening Day, so he’s eligible to return at any time. If the medication takes effect and he is able to get back in shape quickly, a late April return may still be possible.