Smoak recalled as Saunders goes on DL

First baseman Justin Smoak was recalled by the Mariners and inserted into Friday night’s lineup against the A’s after the club placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list.

Saunders strained his left oblique during an at-bat in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Twins. An MRI test on Friday revealed the strained muscle in Saunders’ stomach and the 27-year-old will now be sidelined at least until July 25, which means he’ll miss a minimum of 11 games around the All-Star break.

It’s the second DL stint of the season for Saunders, who was previously sidelined from June 12-27 with inflammation in his right shoulder. Saunders was hitting .276 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 65 games, including a .313 mark with five homers and 21 RBIs in 31 games since May 16.

Smoak was recalled from Tacoma after batting .284 with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in 19 games. He initially was sent down to the Rainiers on a rehab assignment after being placed on the disabled list with a strained left quad on June 11, but remained in Tacoma when the Mariners chose to stay with Logan Morrison at first base.

But Smoak has heated up in the 10 games with Tacoma, hitting .325 with a double and two home runs. He’s hit .632 (12-for-19) with two home runs in his last four games.

Smoak, who was back in the lineup at first base for Friday’s series opener with the A’s, hit .208 with seven home runs in 63 games with Seattle before going on the DL.

1 Comment

Poor Michael. I hope this is just precautionary.

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