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5 Jake Smolinski LF
Height/Weight: 5-11/185 | Birthdate: 2/9/1989 | Birthplace: Rockford, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Athletics' Jake Smolinski drives in sixth run in last three games


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Athletics left fielder Jake Smolinski went 1 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to Toronto. 

Smolinski hit his first triple of the year and drove in Oakland's only run of the game. 

Smolinski now has six RBI in the last three games. He's 5 for 10 over that stretch. 


Jake Smolinski homers twice for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Athletics left fielder Jake Smolinski hit two home runs in Sunday's win over Minnesota. 

Smolinski hit a solo shot and a three-run homer, giving him three homers on the year. The four RBI matched his total since May 1.

Smolinski went 3 for 5 and scored three times. 


Athletics recall OF Jake Smolinski, option pitcher Chris Bassitt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) The Athletics recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. To clear a roster spot, pitcher Chris Bassitt was optioned to Nashville.

Athletics claim Jake Smolinski off waivers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) The Athletics claimed outfielder Jake Smolinski off waivers Sunday, the team announced. Smolinski was then optioned to Triple-A.

Smolinski was recently designated for assignment by the Rangers. He is hitting .133 in 60 at-bats this season.


Rangers OF Jake Smolinski designated for assignment


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) The Rangers have designated outfielder Jake Smolinski for assignment, the team announced on Friday. Smolinski had been up-and-down between the Rangers and Triple-A this season, with the team having recalled him as recently as June 2. 

But the 26-year-old has failed to record a hit in seven at-bats since that call-up. The move opens a spot on the 25-man and 40-man rosters for Ryan Rua, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday. 


Rangers recall OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) The Rangers have recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock. Smolinski, who had been optioned to Round Rock on Wednesday, is taking the roster spot of Adrian Beltre, who was officially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. 

Smolinski appeared in five games with Triple-A following his recent demotion, and hit .350 (7 for 20) with two home runs and nine RBI.


Rangers option 1B/OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) The Rangers have optioned first baseman/outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. Smolinski has been up and down with the team this year, and has had limited playing time due to the returns of Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton and the emergence of Delino DeShields.

Smolinski is 8 for 53 with a home run and six RBI for the Rangers in 2015. The team recalled pitcher Jon Edwards from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.


Rangers bring up Jake Smolinski from minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Rangers have promoted first baseman Jake Smolinski to replace the shelved Kyle Blanks, who has been placed on the disabled list.

Smolinski struggled in his first stint in the majors this season, batting just .140 (7-for-50) after showing tremendous promise in 2014.


Rangers activate Mitch Moreland, demote Jake Smolinski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) The Rangers have announced that they have activated first baseman first baseman Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list and optioned rookie Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.

"He's had very mature at-bats," manager Jeff Banister said to MLB.com. "The at-bats have come at big times, really, for us. It's fun to watch. I used the term the other day, 'We're watching him grow up in front of our eyes.'"

Moreland has been sidelined for two weeks with an elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list. He returns with a fine slash line of .304/.393/.457.

"I felt good before I even went [on the rehab stint]," Moreland said. "The main thing was just to make sure the elbow holds up through a few swings, and I figured it did."

Smolinski ends his stint in Texas on a 4-for-29 slide.


Robinson Chirinos, Jake Smolinski out of Rangers' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Rangers gave two regulars a rest, leaving catcher Robinson Chirinos and left fielder Jake Smolinski out of Sunday's starting lineup. 

Carlos Corporan makes his ninth start behind the plate, and second in the last four games. He'll bat eighth in the order. 

In left field, Carlos Peguero gets his fifth start of the season. He'll bat seventh.


Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Mariners with Jake Smolinski filling in, according to MLB.com. Manager Jeff Banister wants Choo to take the day off Tuesday to work on his mechanics at the plate and "unplug." He is considering giving him a second day off Wednesday as well.

Choo started the last nine games in a row and is hitting .096 with five hits in 63 plate appearances, the lowest among qualified hitters. Smolinski isn't hitting much better, posting a .111 average in 36 at-bats.


Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski back in the starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, the team announced.

Smolinski, who was given the day off Tuesday for Carlos Peguero, has started seven of a possible 14 games this season. He is hitting .136 with one home run and two RBI in 22 at-bats this season. The Rangers are currently the underdogs (+128) against Arizona.


Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski rips first home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski went 2 for 4 at the plate with a home run in Texas' 11-10 loss to the Mariners Sunday. Smolinski went deep in the third inning when he smacked a 3-1 pitch from James Paxton over the left center field wall, driving in Rougned Odor, his first home run and RBI of the year.

Smolinski is now hitting .143 in 21 at-bats this season.


Rangers manager planning more rest days for starters


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Bannister is planning to give his starters more rest time this season, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wednesday, Bannister took outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup to give Jake Smolinski the start and shuffled Adam Rosales in at third to move Adrian Beltre to DH and Mitch Moreland to the bench.

"You can't ask guys to sit on the bench for seven days and then expect them to be effective," Banister said. "But I also believe what you gain on the front end of the year proves worthy on the other side.

"Guys may have just been at spring training, but spring training is 40-plus days of grinding, too," he added. "This is a 183-day marathon. If there are ways we can help guys show up better and then get five, six, seven days of dynamic play from them, we're going to do that."

He is also not worried about Choo's defense.

"It has nothing to do with what I think of Shin-Soo Choo's defense," Banister said. "He missed time in spring with an elbow issue. He is coming off a lower body injury from last year. He had gone hard after a couple of balls earlier in the game and he was eight batters away from coming up again. It was an opportunity to get fresh legs and a fresh arm in there. I don't foresee it becoming a regular occurrence."


Rangers shuffle lineup against lefty Scott Kazmir Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Rangers face a left-handed starter Wednesday for the first time this season, and the team is giving right fielder Jake Smolinski and third baseman Adam Rosales their first starts of the season as a result.

Rosales has posted a .412 batting average with one home run in 17 career at-bats against Wednesday starter Scott Kazmir. He'll man the hot corner, with Adrian Beltre moving to designated hitter. Smolinski and Ryan Rua will start at the corner-outfield spots Wednesday, with Shin-Soo Choo heading to the bench.


Report: Smolinski, Rua make Rangers' Opening Day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski and outfielder Ryan Rua have been told they have made the Opening Day roster, according to MLB.com. Rua will be the starting left fielder, with Smolinski coming off the bench as a fourth outfielder, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rua hit .298 with two triples, two home runs, four doubles, seven runs and 11 RBI in 19 spring games. Smolinski hit .348 with one triple, two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI and eight runs in 18 spring games.


Rangers' Jake Smolinski could be unexpected Opening Day left fielder


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Prior to spring training Jake Smolinski was not on anybody's radar, but a strong camp has put the outfielder in strong contention to be the Rangers' Opening Day left fielder, according to MLB.com.

Smolinski is hitting .333 this spring, with a home run, four doubles and a triple in 39 at-bats.

"I had some setbacks early in my career, some serious injuries," Smolinski said. "I battled back, struggled in the minors but just stuck with it and continued to get better."

Smolinski did get a Double-A call up last season, hitting .389 in 11 games, but broke a bone fouling a pitch off his left foot and missed two months.


Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields big winners in Rangers OF battle


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Rangers' roster is taking shape, and the big winners appear to be Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields Jr.

Rua will most likely be the starting left fielder for the Rangers, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Rua wrapped up the job by hitting .306 with eight RBI this spring. 

Jake Smolinski will be the fourth outfielder. He hit .333 with five RBI. DeShields will win the last roster spot. DeShields hit .235. As a Rule V draft pick, he needs to stay on the Major League roster, or the team risks losing him.

The odd man out will be Carlos Peguero , despite hitting .333. 


Jake Smolinski cranks out four hits vs. A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski had a monster game at the plate Thursday afternoon against the Athletics in Oakland.

He singled in a run in the first, and added three more singled. He finished the game 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-2 victory. He is hitting .408 with one home run and eight RBI over 49 at-bats.


Jake Smolinski brought off DL Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski has been activated from the disabled list and will be available Tuesday in Oakland, the team announced.

Smolinski has been out since late July as a result of a broken foot. He was hitting .389 in 36 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Jake Smolinski fitted for walking boot; out 2-3 weeks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski is expected to miss another 2-3 weeks as a result of a fracture in his left foot, as ESPN.com reports he was spotted in a walking boot Friday.

Smolinski had been trying to participate in baseball activities prior to this, but will now be shut down to let the injury heal. He was hitting .389/.450/.472 in 36 at-bats prior to the injury.


Jake Smolinksi not running at full speed


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski has yet to run at full speed since suffering a small cracked bone in his left foot on a foul ball last week, MLB.com reports.

"I'll be fine," Smolinski said. "But it's always frustrating to not be on the field with your teammates. I'm just trying to stay positive and control everything I can control right now, and do my best to get back out there."

Smolinski is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday, but that remains unlikely until he can run without issue. He has hit .389/.450/.472 in 36 at-bats over 11 games.


Jake Smolinski latest Texas player to land on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Jake Smolinski is the newest member of the huge Texas Rangers Disabled List Club. The rookie left fielder was placed on the DL Friday, retroactive to July 22, with a bone bruise.

Smolinski, who sustained the injury when he fouled a pitch off his left foot, was off to a strong start to his major league career with a stat line of .389/.450/.472.


Jake Smolinski still out of the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/24/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski remained out of the lineup Thursday against the Yankees. He has not played since Monday, when he fouled a ball off his left foot.

Jake Smolinski still absent from lineup Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rangers left fielder Jake Smolinski was expected to return to action Wednesday, but his name has not been penciled into the lineup for the Wednesday game in New York against the Yankees.

Smolinski has been sidelined since Monday after fouling a ball off his foot.