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Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

Justin Smoak Reuters

Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox.

He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT scan.

Smoak hadn’t played since Aug. 2 before returning to the lineup tonight.  In his first at-bat back, he hit a shot to center that would have been a two-run double if not for a nice play from Jacoby Ellsbury.  The injury came before he could get a second at-bat.

If Smoak lands on the DL, the Mariners could have Mike Carp and Adam Kennedy share time at first base.  Wily Mo Pena, who has hit .354 with four homers in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma since signing with the Mariners, would be an obvious candidate to come up and take Carp’s at-bats at DH.

  1. crispybasil - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Glad to hear it’s nothing too serious…looked a lot worse on TV.

    • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:52 AM

      Get me his address so I can send him a pint of Ivar’s Chowder and a box of Cow Chip Cookies, poor tyke.

  2. hittfamily - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    They should have had Larry Bernandez playing first.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    I guess we could say that ball was Smoaked!

    • Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 2:50 AM

      Go to your room.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    They’re really going to miss his .219 career average. That GM should be commended for making him the centerpiece of the Cliff Lee trade.

  5. dailyrev - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Wily Mo gets his chance, is playing right now after having pre-game huggies with Papi (Boston’s in town). Amazing that it could have been worse (it didn’t hit him flush but off the bill of the cap). Still, Fx nose, hairline Fx cheekbone. That is some serious facial rearrangement.

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