07/13/12 10:00 PM ET
Montero returns to Mariners lineup
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
Gutierrez cleared for physical activity
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.
• Mike Carp went 1-for-4 at designated hitter for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday and will continue getting at-bats in Triple-A as he recovers from an inflamed right shoulder. Wedge said the plan is to get Carp a game at first base this weekend.• Friday's deadline for signing 2012 Draft picks passed without the Mariners reaching agreement with first baseman Nick Halamandaris, their eighth-round pick. The California high school player is the only one of Seattle's top 30 picks who didn't sign. • Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki has been selected as the Mariners' nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 2012 Heart and Hustle Award. Each MLB team gets one nominee for the award, which will be announced Nov. 13. • Mariners first-round Draft pick Mike Zunino made his pro debut on Friday night as the DH for the Class A Everett AquaSox. • Of Seattle's 87 games before the All-Star break, 44 were decided by one or two runs. The only AL team with more games decided by two runs or fewer was the Tigers with 48.