• Franklin Gutierrez will begin his fourth rehab assignment of the year on Saturday. The oft-injured center fielder won the 2007 Gold Glove Award for his defensive prowess, and is hitting .267 with five home runs in just 18 games this season. However, due to a number of ailments, Gutierrez has played in just 58 games over the past two seasons.
"Each time he's slowly gotten a little better, but he's not really back to where he feels that he can come out and be part of every day -- whether he plays every day or not, he's still got to be counted on in the dugout when he's not starting," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "If he's not starting, it doesn't mean he's not available. We've talked about that, that's what he's got to try to get to."
• Kendrys Morales is on a tear, going 20-for-38 over his last nine games. He has seven multi-hit games in that span, and leads the American League with 30 hits since the All-Star break.