Smolinski went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners. Smolinski is seeing some playing time at the tail end of the season after missing the majority of the campaign with a shoulder injury. The 28-year-old reserve has hit safely in two of his last three games after going 1-for-5 in pinch-hit appearances following his activation from the disabled list at the beginning of September.
Smolinski (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day DL on Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Smolinski struggled during his time with Triple-A Nashville while on a rehab assignment, going 4-for-31 with one extra-base hit and eight strikeouts. He missed the first four-plus months of the campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in March. The 28-year-old figures to only see sporadic opportunities against left-handed pitching the rest of the way (.276/.339/.457 against lefties in 2016).
Smolinski (shoulder) went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run in High-A Stockton's win over Visalia on Saturday. Smolinski hit second and operated as the designated hitter, as he's not yet been deemed ready to test his shoulder in the outfield. The 28-year-old isn't expected to be ready for big-league action until September, so he should see an extended rehab stint at various minor-league levels throughout the balance of August.
Smolinski (shoulder) is throwing at a distance of 90 feet and is expected to begin his minor-league rehab assignment in the next week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Smolinski continues to make steady progress and is likely to head out to High-A Stockton in the coming days to get his first taste of game action in 2017. He's expected to start off as a designated hitter, but will eventually work up to playing the outfield and possibly see action with the big-league club in September.
Smolinski (shoulder) made 20 throws from 75 feet Sunday, Alex Simon of MLB.com reports. The outfielder continues to make solid progress, with Sunday's throwing session getting him one step closer to a rehab assignment. That step is currently projected to come in at some point in August, when Smolinski will get some at-bats as a designated hitter at a minor-league affiliate to be determined.
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