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Mariners send down .189-hitting Justin Smoak

Jul 24, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

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The Mariners have finally seen enough; Justin Smoak was demoted after a fourth straight hitless game Monday in the loss to the Yankees. He was 1-for-20 with 12 strikeouts over his previous six games, dropping his average to .189.

In truth, the Mariners likely would have sent Smoak to Triple-A  few weeks ago had they possessed anyone worth replacing him. Mike Carp is finally set to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, and while he started the year in left field, he’ll likely play first base for now.

The Mariners may not have completely given up on the 25-year-old Smoak, the key player they received from Texas in the Cliff Lee deal two years ago, but it’s doubtful they’ll be quick to bring him back. While he did have 13 homers in 344 at-bats, they came with a .253 on-base percentage. His slugging percentage was also held down by the fact that he had just six doubles.

It’s likely that Smoak will get his job back in September as the Mariners try to decide whether he should be included in their plans for 2013. After drafting catcher Mike Zunino third overall last month, the Mariners may consider trying Jesus Montero as their first baseman next year.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    So he isn’t going to be the next Big Tex?

  2. randygnyc - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    I hope he’s a bust for the Mariners. Karma for agreeing, then reneging on the deal for Cliff Lee to the Yankees.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:20 AM

      At least you guys got Pineda!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      I agree! I love the fact that he’s a complete bust. Texas knew what they were doing when they traded him.

  3. mashoaf - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Maybe Brendan Ryan and his .186 batting average will be next. But oh well. Jack Zduriencik has built a fine Mariners club.

  4. slopmcflop - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    The hitting on this team is gross. I’m just curious why, when trading the face of the franchise for throwaway prospects, you don’t at least go for a couple of bats. Ah well.

    “There’s always next year! We’re just a year or two away from turning it around!”
    -Every Mariners fan for the past 8 years.

  5. bozosforall - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    From now on, getting sent down to the minors for poor performance will be known as “getting Smoaked”.

  6. denny65 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Of course Smoak was replaced in the lineup at first base by Mike Carp, recalled from a rehab stint in Tacoma, who promptly went 0-3 tonight, including two tremendous whiffs.

    Isn’t “balance” wonderful?

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