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Franklin Gutierrez placed on 7-day disabled list with a concussion

Franklin Gutierrez

Seattle Mariners’ Franklin Gutierrez, center, is helped off the field after being hit on the side of the face by the ball in a pickoff-attempt at first base by Boston Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Seattle. Gutierrez left the game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


The Mariners announced a short while ago that they have placed Franklin Gutierrez on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Steve Delabar, a right-handed reliever, was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the active roster.

Gutierrez was diagnosed with a mild concussion after he was hit in the side of the face by a wild pickoff throw from Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales last night. He was on the ground for a few tense minutes before slowly getting to his feet and walking off the field flanked by team trainers.

Gutierrez’s breakthrough 2009 season earned him a four-year, $20.25 million contract extension from the Mariners, but a wide variety of health issues have kept him off the field over the past two seasons. The 29-year-old center fielder was limited to just 92 games last season due to a stomach ailment and a strained left oblique. He didn’t make his debut this season until June 14 due to a torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis in his heel. Hopefully some better luck is in his future.