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17 Justin Smoak 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 12/5/1986 | Birthplace: Goose Creek, SC | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Seattle | College: South Carolina | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $495,100 | Owned/Started%: 14/3 | Average Draft Position: 259.56
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Justin Smoak sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Mariners optioned first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, in order to free up a spot on the active roster.

Smoak went 4 for 20 during his 11-day run with the Mariners since he was recalled. 


Michael Saunders placed on 15-day DL, Justin Smoak recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Mariners announced a pair of roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Athletics.

They placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Saunders batted .276 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. In a corresponding move, the Mariners have recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

Justin Smoak comes off DL, sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Mariners activated first baseman Justin Smoak from the disabled list Friday, but he won't be moving on from Triple-A Tacoma, where he was rehabbing.

Smoak was optioned to Tacoma following the end of his recovery from a quad injury. The emergence of Logan Morrison as a starting option left Smoak with little room for playing time. Smoak hit just .204/.273/.327 on his rehab assignment, after hitting just .208 in 63 games in the majors.  


Justin Smoak struggling with bat on rehab


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak took the day off from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, though manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com he has not suffered a setback with his strained quad.

"He was a little sore, just body soreness," McClendon said. "Probably a little exhausted from grinding it out."

Smoak is hitting .220/.298/.366 in his first 11 games at Tacoma. According to MLB.com, Smoak will likely remain at Tacoma through the weekend before the team considers activating him from the disabled list. 


Mariners deciding whether to activate Justin Smoak


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak could be activated Wednesday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Smoak is ready to return, but can be kept on his current rehab assignment until July 8. With Michael Saunders set to come back Thursday, the team wanted to figure out what roster moves they would be making over the next few days before deciding whether to activate Smoak. 

Smoak has been out since early June with a quad injury. He's hitting .208/.282/.361 over 216 at-bats.


Justin Smoak goes 2 for 3 in rehab game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (quad) went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk in a rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday.

Justin Smoak goes hitless in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak began his Triple-A Tacoma rehab assignment Wednesday, serving as the designated hitter in his first appearance.

Smoak went 0 for 3 in the game, and should get plenty of opportunities to knock off the rust, as he is not eligible to return from the DL until next week. He will likely play in the field this weekend. 


Justin Smoak heading out for rehab Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will likely begin his minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Tacoma, MLB.com reports. Smoak is working his way back from a quad injury, and if he avoids a setback while on assignment, could be back when his DL stint is up.  

Corey Hart, Justin Smoak run bases Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart and first baseman Justin Smoak ran the bases Monday, 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

Both players are expected to begin rehab assignments later this week. Hart has been sidelined since mid-May with a strained hamstring. Smoak has been out for a week with a strained quad, and he could be ready for a rehab stint as early as Wednesday, MLB.com reports.


Three injured Mariners nearing rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mariners manager manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that outfielder Michael Saunders (shoulder inflammation), first baseman Justin Smoak (quad strain) and designated hitter Corey Hart (hamstring strain) could all begin a minor-league rehab assignment at the end of the week, MLB.com.

"Obviously, I think Saunders and Smoak will come quicker because they have been playing," McClendon said. "We have to be careful with Corey and make sure we build his at-bats up and he's swinging well and he's running well. They both got to pass the test. Smoak and Corey and Saundo's gotta pass the test swinging the bat before they go out."

Justin Smoak dispatched on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Mariners have placed first baseman Justin Smoak on the disabled list with a quad injury that has prevented him from playing since June 6. The move is retroactive to June 10.

Smoak has been in a slump since mid-May. He has not managed a multi-hit game since May 23, after which he has just five hits in 44 at-bats.


Justin Smoak missing fourth straight start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees. It's the fourth straight start he's missed with a quad injury.

Quad injury bothering Justin Smoak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was not in the lineup Monday for the third straight game as he continues to battle a quad injury. Smoak was replaced by Willie Bloomquist.

Justin Smoak gets a day off Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was not in the team's starting lineup Sunday.

Smoak has been sidelined due to a quad injury. Willie Bloomquist will start at first with Smoak on the bench. Smoak is hitting .208/.282/.361 over 216 at-bats.


Justin Smoak a no-go for clash against Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) A quad injury has Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak sidelined Saturday at Tampa Bay.

Smoak has just two hits in his last 29 at-bats and three RBI since May 12.


Justin Smoak flaming out at the plate, benched Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Mariners switch-hitter Justin Smoak has hit slightly better against left-handers than right-handers this season, but he is out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon against Braves southpaw Mike Minor. Willie Bloomquist is set to take his place at first base.

The latest slump for Smoak is a 2-for-25 slide that has sunk his batting average to a season-low .212. He has also been dealing with a sore quad.


Justin Smoak hits seventh home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak hit his seventh home run Tuesday.

In the fourth inning, Smoak belted an 85 mph fastball out to right field for a solo shot. Smoak also walked twice during the game. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Justin Smoak turning into reliable Fantasy option?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) My colleague Scott White and I were debating on Monday's podcast the Fantasy value of Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak. Scott said he would rather own Rays first baseman James Loney, but I made the argument Smoak has been a bit more reliable this season than you might expect.

Smoak has had just one scoring period with less than 10 Fantasy points. In points leagues, he's five points behind Loney and in front of the likes of Mike Napoli, Prince Fielder and Joe Mauer. In Rotisserie leagues, he's ahead of Loney, as well as Eric Hosmer and Joey Votto.

Scott made the argument he would rather own Loney because he has a better strikeout-to-walk ratio, hits for more contact and has good doubles power. I can't really argue the first two points, but Smoak does have as many doubles (11) as Loney and certainly has more home run potential.

I know we've been waiting years for Smoak to break out, and I'm not petitioning for him to finish the year as a top 12 Fantasy first baseman. Though, he's still on pace to hit 23 homers and finish with 104 RBI. I'm starting to warm up to the idea that Smoak could be a person you stash on your bench in deep formats for the long haul.


Justin Smoak goes deep again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak homered for the second time in three games Monday, a two-run shot to help Seattle beat the Rays 12-5. Smoak's 411-foot blast to left gave him six homers and 26 RBI this season.

He's hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.


Justin Smoak drives in three in easy win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak continued his solid run Tuesday, in an 8-3 win over the A's.

Smoak drove in three runs with his second multi-hit game in four chances. He went 2 for 5, driving in one run with a first-inning double and then two more with a single in the ninth. He also scored twice in the easy win.

Smoak is now hitting .250/.315/.438 in 112 at-bats, with four home runs and 20 RBI.  


Justin Smoak goes hitless vs. A's Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in his team's 6-4 win over the A's Friday.

Smoak began the season on fire, going 6 for 13 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in his team's first three games. It's been downhill from there, as the first baseman has just three hits in 21 at-bats over his last six games, dropping his season line to .265/.359/.529 in 34 total at-bats.


Settle down on Justin Smoak


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/2/2014) I believe it was last year when some user commented somewhere on the website that CBS stands for Constantly Backing Smoak. At least for right now, I refuse to be part of the problem.

Once upon a time, Justin Smoak was a top prospect getting traded for Cliff Lee, and at age 27, he's not beyond fulfilling that potential. He's really not. I willfully acknowledge it, just like I did last year and the year before and the year before and ... well, you get the idea.

What makes this year so different from those others? Just the fact that he homered and doubled twice in his first two games? Guess what? He had a two-game stretch when he homered and doubled twice last year as well, not to mention four three-game stretches when he homered twice and doubled once. Where did those get him? 

For playing in the heavy-hitting Cactus League, he didn't have an especially strong spring. His .292 batting average and .891 OPS were nothing compared to his .407 batting average and 1.252 OPS there last year. And other than Robinson Cano "having a positive influence on him," I haven't heard of any external changes that might cause me to expect a different result -- you know, something like Domonic Brown changing his stance last spring.

Again, I'm not ruling out a breakout season for Smoak because I don't rule out much of anything this time of year, but if I really needed help at first base -- and I probably don't -- I'd look to someone like Adam LaRoche first. He has a much clearer case for improvement coming off an injury-plagued season and hit a long home run Monday.


Justin Smoak continues raking in Tuesday triumph


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Justin Smoak is smoking. The Mariners first baseman, who is coming off a fine spring as he continues to turn potential into production, slugged two more hits Tuesday night to maintain his .500 batting average to start the regular season.

He slammed a three-run double in the third inning to give his team the lead to stay in a second straight defeat of the Angels. He had already singled in the second.

Smoak has three extra-base hits in eight at-bats and leads the American League in RBI with six.


Justin Smoak follows up strong spring with HR in opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning during Monday's season opener against the Angels, helping Seattle to a 10-3 win. Smoak also had his first double in the game, while finishing 2 for 4 with one walk and three runs.

Smoak didn't get his first home run last season until his 23rd game. Monday's performance followed up a strong spring from Smoak, who hit .292 with a .523 slugging percentage, .891 OPS, three home runs, six doubles and 10 RBI in 23 spring games.


Justin Smoak locks up starting role at first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak has locked up the starting job at the position, MLB.com reports.

"I said this winter that Smoak is my first baseman," manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday. "Will other guys play first? Yeah. But Smoak is my first baseman."

Smoak entered play Monday 6 for 19 at the plate with one home run, three RBI and five walks, giving him a .318/.458/.579 line through eight Cactus League games.