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Franklin Gutierrez called up by the Mariners and making first start since September 2013

Oakland Athletics v Seattle Mariners

Oakland Athletics v Seattle Mariners

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There’s a pretty cool comeback story in the works here ...

#Mariners select OF Franklin Gutierrez from AAA Tacoma; Option OF James Jones to AAA.

— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) June 24, 2015


Gutierrez didn’t play any sort of MLB-affiliated ball in 2014 after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and causes problems in many other joints. And he averaged just 58 games between 2011-2013 due to a variety of injuries. But the 32-year-old was slashing .317/.402/.500 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 48 games this season at the Triple-A level and he is starting in left field and batting second Wednesday in his first major league game since September 27, 2013. Good for Guti.

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