Gutierrez has irritable bowel syndrome

Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is back from a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where doctors have diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome as the cause of his stomach problems that have affected him for nearly a year.

Gutierrez was back in Seattle’s clubhouse before Saturday’s game against Oakland. The Gold Glove winner says he’s relieved to finally have a diagnosis and his stomach problems will soon go away.

Gutierrez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 30 with stomach gastritis. He was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Single-A High Desert on April 17, but was a late scratch after his stomach problems flared. He returned to Seattle and was later sent to the Mayo Clinic for more tests.