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Franklin Gutierrez suffers setback with concussion

Aug 12, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez can’t seem to catch a break. He has appeared in only 13 major-league games this year because of heel and head injuries, and it’s suddenly looking like he won’t make it back from his most recent disabled list stint before the conclusion of the 2012 regular season.

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez “had further headache flareups” Saturday and has been scratched from a rehab assignment that was scheduled to get underway this afternoon.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan suffered a concussion over six weeks ago when he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw at first base. He was cleared to resume baseball activities in late July but is now experiencing another wave of post-concussion symptoms.

Gutierrez, a defensive whiz, is a .256/.308/.383 career hitter in the big leagues. Seattle manager Eric Wedge suggested to reporters on Sunday that Guti could play winter ball to make up for his lost 2012.

  1. hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    This is one of the guys that I root really, really hard for in sports. Ugh, I knew about his unfortunate past when it came to injuries and seeing him get hit in the head you just knew that somehow this would be something serious. I hope he comes back and is fantastic in his age 30-35 seasons, but I just hope he is back to living a normal life at this point

  2. vegagreenleaf - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Unfortunate, but I’m afraid it’s time to move on.

    • Cris E - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      I wouldn’t give up so quickly. Guys are coming back from these things now, but they’re taking a lot longer than folks used to expect.

      Denard Span had recurring issues for over a year before things cleared up for him. Morneau seems back after almost two years. If you can let the guy sit and heal there’s a good chance he can beat it. Baseball isn’t like football or hockey in that regard: contact and impact are infrequent parts of the game and there’s room to play effectively if you can just get healthy.

      If he gets cut there will certainly be someone there to offer a contract.

  3. denny65 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Guti is snake-bit. The Ms need to ensure that, medically, he’s taken care of, and then they need to bite-the-bullet and DFA him.

    Sorry, but this is major league baseball. Constantly injured players do not make a contribution.

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