Franklin Gutierrez “almost out of the woods” five weeks after concussion

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It’s been five weeks since Franklin Gutierrez suffered a concussion when an errant pickoff throw hit his head on June 29 and manager Eric Wedge told Greg Johns of MLB.com that the center fielder is “almost out of the woods.”

He remains on the disabled list–where he’s unfortunately been for most of the past two seasons due to a variety of health problems–but Johns reports that Gutierrez has been cleared by doctors to begin taking batting practice and doing some running.

Gutierrez had a strong season offensively for the Mariners in 2009 and then won his first Glove Glove award in 2010, but since then he’s played just 105 of a possible 268 games while hitting .229.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.