SEATTLE -- Franklin Gutierrez was cleared to resume physical activity on Friday as the Mariners center fielder returns from a concussion he received on June 29 when he was hit in the side of the head by a pickoff throw to first base by Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales. Gutierrez, 29, rode a stationary bike Friday and did some other cardio work after having been sidelined completely for the past two weeks. The next step will be getting cleared for baseball activity, so he can resume throwing and hitting. "He did a few things today from an exercise standpoint and felt really good afterward," said manager Eric Wedge. "Hopefully we can up his work tomorrow."
The 2010 Gold Glove winner has played just 13 games this season after spending the first two months on the disabled list with a partially torn pectoral muscle. He's hitting .267 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 45 at-bats. Gutierrez initally was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, but now has been transferred to the 15-day DL.