Seth Smith registered his usual full season as a platoon player in 2016 and dialed up his highest home-run total since 2010. His split skills carry through in the power column, which often makes him useful as a matchup play in daily-transaction and daily-fantasy leagues, as well as weekly-transaction formats when he's facing a succession of right-handed arms. Still, even against his favorite handedness, Smith's batting average typically leaves something to be desired. In on-base-percentage leagues, he's more useful because of his walk rates, which have been camped in the above-average department for most of his career. Seattle picked up his option for 2017 but later traded him to Baltimore, where he will likely occupy the matchup role in right field. The 34-year-old is safe and established, traits that go a long way in the majors. Fantasy players can plug him in -- or, in AL-only leagues, leave him in -- as a useful, if unexciting, component.
Smith (hamstring) will start in right field and bat in the leadoff spot Monday against the Rays. Smith returns to the lineup following a five-game absence due to the hamstring injury, though it's likely he would have only started in two of those contests with the Orioles facing three left-handed starters during that stretch. The 34-year-old is a strict platoon player, but he hits right-handed pitching well enough to warrant a spot in AL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats. He's slashing .259/.355/.593 over 31 plate appearances this season and should remain a fixture at the top of the order against righties.
Smith (hamstring) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. Smith is still nursing a sore hamstring, but even if healthy, he likely would have sat out anyway Sunday with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez starting for the Red Sox. With Smith out in the series finale, Mark Trumbo will cover right field, opening up a spot in the lineup at designated hitter for Trey Mancini.
Smith (hamstring) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox. This marks Smith's fourth consecutive absence from the lineup as a result of a hamstring issue. He tested out his hamstring Friday, but it's still unclear when he'll be able get back into the lineup. Craig Gentry will take over in left and bat leadoff against Steven Wright.
Smith (hamstring) said his hamstring is feeling better and is testing it with running drills Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game, but it seems like he's on the verge of a return to the lineup if his word is true. Friday's test is expected to determine whether or not a DL stint is necessary, so more details about his injury should come out in the coming days.
Smith (hamstring) is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox. Nothing new has come up about Smith's hamstring injury, although it's likely that even if he was healthy for Thursday's contest, he would've stayed out with southpaw Drew Pomeranz on the mound for Boston. Mark Trumbo will man right field in his stead.
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