Gold Glove outfielder Franklin Gutierrez took a significant step forward today in his comeback from a concussion that sidelined him the past two weeks, playing catch for the first time since he was injured.
"A little each day until they're sure I'm OK," Gutierrez said.
Hit behind the right ear with a pickoff throw on June 29, Gutierrez hadn't even picked up a baseball until tonight, and still hasn't run, caught a fly ball o swung a bat. Once he's past any residual dizziness, however, the team expects him to respond quickly.
"Unless his timing his way off, I don't think he'll need that much time before he's ready to play," manager Eric Wedge said, although the team is planning on a short rehabilitation minor league assignment.
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Gutierrez, who missed much of last season with irritable bowel syndrome, has been sidelined in 2012 by a shoulder injury, foot problems and a concussion, appearing in only 13 games.