Gutierrez (neck) a late scratch from lineup

Gutierrez (neck) a late scratch from lineup

TORONTO -- Franklin Gutierrez was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in right field, but a neck issue forced Mariners manager Scott Servais to make a late lineup change.

Nelson Cruz, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in Saturday's 14-5 thumping of the Blue Jays, moved from designated hitter to right field.

Chris Iannetta, slated to start the game on the bench, replaced Cruz at DH. 

"Neck issue… thing he came in with this morning, don't think he can go," Servais said of Gutierrez. "I would say it's a one-day thing, but I'm not sure yet. We have a day off tomorrow. [Francisco] Liriano and [Gerrit] Cole is what it's looking like [against Pittsburgh], so hopefully he's available."

Gutierrez is hitting .242 with six doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games this season.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.