Yes, Justin Smoak is back, and the Seattle Mariners have him.
With 1B Mike Carp going on the disabled list with a strained muscle, the Mariners brought Smoak up from Tacoma, where he'd batted .242 in 20 games. While Smoak drew 16 walks and had a fine on-base percentage with the Rainiers, he had no home runs and four RBI.
He'll bat sixth tonight, in a lineup that features OF Trayvon Robinson batting second and Kyle Seager at cleanup. One inriguing note: Jesus Montero his 5-for-6 in his career vs. Tampa lefty Matt Moore.
Tonight begins what could be the do-it-or-move-on portiion of Smoak's future with Mariners. Of course, the same can be said of Eric Thames and Miguel Olivo.
Dustin Ackley 2BTrayvon Robinson LFJesus Montero DHKyle Seager 3BCasper Wells CFJustin Smoak 1BMiguel Olivo CEric Thames RFBrendan Ryan SS Kevin Millwood RHP