Smoak on Bereavement List; Peguero recalled

Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak has been placed on the Bereavement List due to a family situation and is not in the lineup for tonight’s game against Detroit, with outfielder Carlos Peguero recalled from Triple A Tacoma to take his place on the roster.

Smoak can remain on the list for 3-7 days.

Backup catcher Chris Gimenez, on the roster because of his versatility, will start tonight against the Tigers in Smoak’s place at first base.

Smoak, 24, has been the Mariners hottest hitter to start the season and is riding a seven-game hitting streak, including his second home run of the year in Monday’s 8-3 loss to the Tigers.

Peguero has hit .311 in 12 games for Tacoma with two home runs, seven RBIs and a .511 slugging percentage. The 24-year-old left-hander has five walks and 10 strikeouts in 45 at-bats.

Smoak leads the Mariners with a .291 batting average and his .885 OPS ranks third among American League first baseman behind Miguel Cabrera (1.073) and Paul Konerko (.904).

Here is today’s complete lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Miguel Olivo C
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Chris Gimenez 1B
Michael Saunders CF
Doug Fister P

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