First baseman Justin Smoak suffered an oblique strain in the game last night. The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be a serious as first thought.
“He felt a little bit better than we anticipated,” Wedge said. “We’ll just have to take it day by day. He’s not going to do anything today. He’s just day to day. I think it be interesting to see how he feels tomorrow – if he’s any better than today or if he’s exactly the same. So we’ll give it a couple days and go from there.
Kendrys Morales will make the start at first base today. Michael Morse can and will play some first base. Wedge can also use Dustin Ackley at first base if needed.
If Smoak were to go on the DL, the Mariners would likely call up an outfielder – Eric Thames or Carlos Peguero – and then use Morse at first base more. Remember, they don’t want to play Morales there every day to keep him healthy.
“We can make that work,” Wedge said. “We have some flexibility.”