By Larry LaRue The News Tribune
BOSTON — Brendan Ryan didn’t start at shortstop Tuesday — Munenori Kawasaki did — which meant Ryan had time to turn his attention to other things before the game.
Sitting with teammates on a couch in front of a big-screen television in his uniform and socks, Ryan saw what he thought was a live ESPN shot from Fenway Park, a stand up with the Green Monster in the background.
Quickly, Ryan leaped over the couch, scrambled to put his shoes on and raced down the tunnel from the clubhouse to the field.
“He wants to run through the shot,” pitcher Blake Beavan explained — and all eyes turned to the TV, waiting to see Ryan in the background doing God only knew what.
Minutes later, a dejected Ryan returned from the field.
“That shot is sooooo not live!” he said.
True enough, the on-camera interview had been taped earlier in the day.
Guti could return by mid-June
The news on center fielder Franklin Gutierrez isn’t great, but manager Eric Wedge said — best case scenario — Seattle could get him back by mid-June.
“He’s been hitting and throwing, but he has one more treatment Monday for plantar fasciitis in his heel,” Wedge said. “Then he has to stay off it a week, and we’ll see where we are.”
Gutierrez missed all of the Mariners exhibition games in spring training with a partially torn pectoral muscle, and once he recovered from that injury, he was sidelined again by plantar fasciitis in his right heel.
At some point, Gutierrez will be sent on a 20-day rehabilitation assignment — probably to Tacoma.
“Without him, we’ve had a void at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, we’ve missed his right-handed presence in the lineup,” Wedge said. “Missing Gutierrerz has been a legitimate void.”
Catcher Miguel Olivo caught a few bullpen sessions with the Tacoma Rainiers this week and remains in Seattle getting treatment for his strained groin muscle. When the team returns on Monday, Wedge expects to watch and talk to Olivo, then possibly have him sent on a rehab assignment. … Alex Liddi wasn’t in the largely left-handed lineup the Mariners played Tuesday, but Wedge said he will find ways to get the rookie into games against right-handed pitchers. The possibilities, Wedge said, include playing shortstop, left field, third and first base. “If Alex were sitting here listening, he’d probably being saying, ‘Sure. Show me ….” Wedge acknowledged. … Now five games into their 10-game trip, the Mariners played a rare 4 p.m. (EST) start Tuesday. Turns out they’ll play games at eight different starting times this trip. … Ichiro Suzuki continues to climb the all-time hits list, but he’s also three intentional walks from catching Ken Griffey Jr. (172) for the franchise record. Ichiro has one intentional walk in 2012.