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Mariners activate Corey Hart from the disabled list

Jul 4, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

Corey Hart AP

Out since mid-May with a hamstring injury, Corey Hart is off the disabled list and ready to resume his attempted bounceback season with the Mariners.

Hart missed all of last year for the Brewers due to knee problems and got off to a very slow start this season, hitting .209 with five homers and a .647 OPS in 37 games. He hit well on a minor-league rehab assignment to convince the Mariners he was ready to return.

Hart inked a one-year, $6 million deal with the Mariners in the hopes of showing that he was healthy and as productive as the 2010-2012 version who hit .280 with an average of 30 homers per season.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I wear my sunglasses at night…

  2. blackhawks2013 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Who got dropped?

    • cmp78 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Cole Gillespie DFA’d, per Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Trib. I’d have thought a reliever, given they’re carrying 13, but Gordon Edes says the M’s are offering Brandon Maurer (along with a second player) for Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox, so it makes sense to showcase Maurer while they’re in Chicago, I guess.

  3. denny65 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    And now the “what about Justin Smoak?” Talk begins. Smoakie is still rehabbing at Tacoma and swinging a barely-Mendoza bat. Logan Morrison is meanwhile doing a quite notable job filling in at first.

    Smoakie is a superb defensive first baseman, but you need more than defense from a first baseman? My guess? Justin will soon be actively shopped around the league.

    • illbarry - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Smoak was in a slump when he got hurt, but had led the team in doubles and RBI most of the year. He also was leading the league in two out RBI and close to leading the league in RBI after 7 innings. That’s not a player you want to trade. Tge same people have been calling on trading or DFAing Smoak since he first became a Mariner and going a far as a Seattle sports radio host say he gave up on Smoak last year when the guy has been saying from day one he didn’t like Smoak. Cliff Lee was never going to sign with the Mariners!!!

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