OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Franklin Gutierrez #21 of the Seattle Mariners swings at a pitch and hurts himself against the Oakland Athletics in the eight inning during an MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum on September 4, 2011 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 8-5. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The Mariners have placed Frankllin Gutierrez on the 60-day DL and picked up right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar.
The Seattle Mariners have placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and added pitcher Steve Delabar, according to Greg Johns. The move ends a tumultuous season for Gutierrez, who struggled with stomach problems through the first six weeks of the year and then had trouble playing.
The 28-year-old, right-handed Delabar has had quite an adventure over the last two years since breaking his elbow in 2009. After finally healing up this spring, Delabar made his way back to school and to a high school coaching job in Kentucky. Thankfully, he was spotted by a Seattle scout and worked his way up the minor leagues over the past few months.
Now, the Mariners will call on him. Delabar undoubtedly has talent, able to throw 94-95 mph and move the ball around relatively well. Just two years ago, Delabar had thoughts about never playing baseball again in the wake of his elbow injury. How things have changed: Delabar may very well make his first start in the majors relatively soon.