First baseman Justin Smoak doesn't have a dog, but said if he did he wouldn't have kicked him over the past six games, when he's been on the Seattle Mariners bench with a deeply bruised left thumb.
"I might have choked him, though," Smoak said, forcing a lauh. "I'm not good at watching."
Smoak went through a similar injury to his right thumb earlier in the season, but this one was worse. He is frustrated, in part because he says he's never missed time with an injury.
"I took a bad hop in the field and didn' say anyting to anyone," Smoak said. "Then in the on-deck circle, I couldn't swing the bat. That kind of took care of that."
Smoak is available to pinch hit tonight and tomorrow, and he and manager Eric Wedge have targeted Friday in Safeco Field for his return to the lineup.
If he can't play, Smoak said, he might have to kill his imaginary dog. No, he didn't mean it. Smoak is a South Carolina boy, and loves dogs.