Note: at the end of the video, that's my phone's e-mail alert going off. I forgot to put it on vibrate. It was set on "Sonar." Yes, it's obnoxiously loud. Wedge didn't get mad, he just smiled and said, "Nice, Star Trek."
It's a rather interesting lineup that Eric Wedge is rolling out there today.
"That got your attention didn't it," he said laughing.
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There's a few reasons for it. First of all, Justin Smoak suffered a jammed left thumb last night - which is why he was pinch hit for late in the game.
We talked to Smoak today and he showed us his thumb. It's very swollen and he has very little range of movement. He said it was sore. Smoak suffered the injury midway through the game last night on a hard ground ball hit at him. The ball hit off his thumb and drilled him in the chest.
"I thought it was going to hit me in the face," he said. "I kept trying to pull on it like it was out of place until they made me stop doing that."
Smoak came up to bat an inning later and felt no pain batting left-handed.
However, later in the game with Brian Fuentes coming in to pitch, he started swinging right-handed in the on-deck circle and felt serious pain.
"There was no way," he said.
Smoak has been bothered by pain in both thumbs this year. He had a "stinger" or "zinger" in the right thumb and he's also jammed the left thumb a couple times.
"Unbelievable," he said. "I've never been hurt before."
And the last time he played without pain in either thumb?
"Probably early in the season," he said.
Smoak is icing the thumb and getting "Stim" treatment to get the swelling down. It's likely he'll miss a few days at least. It could be more. The problem is that there is no way to protect the thumb from getting bumped, jammed or even hit during the course of game which will just irritate it again.
Many people are wondering why they simply won't put him on the disabled list. Well, Smoak doesn't want that. But if it doesn't get better in a few days, they can put him on the DL and retroactive it to today.
If you look at the lineup, you'll also notice that Jack Wilson is playing third base. With a lefty on the mound, Wilson will get the start at third over Adam Kennedy and Kyle Seager.
Wedge told Wilson last night to get some reps in at third base because he might see time there. Wilson was out before the game along with Mike Carp, who is making a rare start at first base, getting some early work in. He looked fine. Wilson doesn't have the strongest arm in the world. But he gets rid of quickly enough.
Ichiro gets a "day off" with a start at DH while Greg Halman gets back in the lineup along with Casper Wells.
- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) DH
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
- 20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
- 33 Casper Wells RF
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 3 Josh Bard (S) C
- 2 Jack Wilson 3B
- 56 Greg Halman LF
41 Charlie Furbush LHP
- 19 Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
- 4 Coco Crisp (S) CF
- 55 Hideki Matsui (L) DH
- 16 Josh Willingham LF
- 28 Conor Jackson 1B
- 29 Scott Sizemore 3B
- 7 Adam Rosales SS
- 15 Ryan Sweeney (L) RF
- 11 Landon Powell (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP