Smoak goes on DL as Bonderman activated
First baseman Justin Smoak was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday as the Mariners created a spot on their 25-man Major League roster for right-hander Jeremy Bonderman.
Bonderman was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will be the starting pitcher in Sunday’s series finale with the Twins, making his first Major League appearance since Oct. 1, 2010 with the Tigers.
Infielder Vinnie Catricala was designated for assignment to make room for Bonderman on the 40-man roster.
Smoak has been out a week since feeling tightness in the oblique muscle in his right side on May 25 against the Rangers. He did pinch hit on Wednesday against the Padres, so his DL stint will be retroactive to that date and will leave him sidelined until June 14.
Also, the Mariners have traded young infielder Francisco Martinez back to the TIgers for a player to be named or cash. Martinez was designated for assignment last week.