Double-A Jackson infielder Tyler Smith returned with a bang from a short stay on the disabled list.
Smith, 23, was picked Monday as the Southern League Player of the Week after going 10-for-22 in six games with four doubles and a home run. He raised his overall slash numbers to .315/.465/.500 for 17 games.
The Mariners selected Smith in the eighth round of the 2013 draft. He was the Appalachian League Player of the Year that season after batting .320 in 52 games at Pulaski. He spent most of last year at Hi-A High Desert before gaining a late-season promotion to Jackson.
HULTZEN ON MOUND
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Lefty Danny Hultzen is scheduled to make his second start Monday since returning from major shoulder surgery when Jackson plays host to Biloxi (Brewers). He allowed one unearned run on May 1 in a no-decision against Pensacola (Reds).
Hultzen, 25, was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft but missed much of 2013 because of shoulder problems before undergoing surgery on Oct. 1, which forced him to miss all of 2014.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said the organization plans a go-slow approach with Hultzen, who is out of options after this season.
"He won’t go more than four innings for a little bit," Zduriencik said. "We may even decide to have him only go three a couple of times just to get him into a routine on the mound.
"I think confidence is a huge factor here. Confidence not in what he can do but in how he feels. I would rather take a step back with him than push him forward. And let’s just see what happens."