Franklin Gutierrez's time in Seattle has been vexing to say the least.
Upon his arrival in 2009, it was hard to tell whether the former Cleveland Indians reserve would make a meaningful contribution if given the starting job in center field, yet in short time Gutierrez went from starter to potential superstar.
His breakout year was one of many feel-good stories from that season, and while the team floundered the following year after starting out with high hopes, Guti cemented his status in Seattle by earning a Gold Glove for his stellar defensive play patrolling center at Safeco.
Following two solid seasons in Seattle, Guti seemed like a sure thing going into spring training for his third season, but instead of seeing the man who inspired the catchphrase "Death to Flying Things," we were horrified to see him looking rail-thin and lethargic.
By the time doctors solved the mystery and treated Guti's ailment, the better part of the 2011 season was a lost cause for both him and the Mariners.
Entering this spring, it seemed that last year was behind Gutierrez as he looked...well like himself.
But before we got the chance to get too excited, Guti went down with a pectoral injury that would shelve him for the first few weeks of the regular season.
Last week I wrote about the potential long-term impact of this injury for Gutierrez and the Mariners.
This week though, I would like to take the chance to review the possibility of Guti's chances of bouncing back in the short term this season.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's take a step back for a moment...