Mariners considering bringing back Franklin Gutierrez

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are considering bringing back outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a minor league contract. Gutierrez sat out 2014 due to a gastrointestinal issue and hasn’t played in more than 41 major league games since 2011.

When he was healthy, the now 31-year-old Gutierrez played phenomenal defense with occasional power. However, injuries derailed a productive major league career as he suffered a strained oblique, a strained hamstring, and a concussion just to name a handful — and not to mention the gastrointestinal issue. Gutierrez will have to show both that he can stay healthy and that he can still be productive. He’ll turn 32 on February 21.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.