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Smoak’s average falls to .189, optioned to Triple-A Tacoma

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on July 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm with 4 Comments »
July 23, 2012 11:11 pm

It was a night of more strikeouts (0-for-3, two strikeouts) and looking lost at the plate for Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak, whose next game will not come at Safeco Field.

Immediately following the Mariners’ 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night, the Mariners did something they had been considering for a few days – sending the South Carolina native down to Triple-A Tacoma to get some hitting issues ironed out.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge said he, general manager Jack Zduriencik and Smoak met for a few minutes after the game. That is when the fifth-year professional found out he was headed to the minor leagues.

“It’s just one of those things you’ve got to get over,” Smoak said. “Now I’ve got to take care of business there.”

Wedge said he could tell Smoak had been pressing at the plate the last few days.

“This (move) is for him,” Wedge said. “We feel it’s the right thing for him … to work to get on track.”

Mike Carp (shoulder) will return to Seattle on Tuesday. Wedge said Carp, Carlos Peguero and possibly John Jaso or Jesus Montero, who have begun to take grounders, could platoon at first base.

Smoak was in Tacoma last season for four games on injury rehabilitation, but was key in the Rainiers’ run to the Pacific Coast League title in 2010, playing 35 games.

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  1. Maybe things will change on the Mariners now…making different moves than their usual…

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    Bring on Richie Sexson as batting coach to teach these non-hitters a thing or two.

  3. Just as the Ichiro trade opened up an outfield slot for for someone to claim, now is the time for Carp to step forward and fulfill the promise he showed in early season 2011.

    Otherwise, cupboard seems a little bare…

    Let’s hope Smoak can address his issues.

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