Smith (elbow) won't go on the injured list and should be ready for the Mariners' home opener March 28, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The positive news was relayed by general manager Jerry Dipoto prior to the Mariners departing for their season-opening trip to Tokyo to take on the Athletics. Smith recently started taking batting practice and resumed throwing as well, and he's slated to begin playing in minor-league games within a few days after being out all of camp.
Smith (elbow) won't travel to Japan for the team's early season-opening series against the A's, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Smith has been making progress in his recovery from an elbow strain, but the team saw little sense in rushing him back just for two games. He could be ready to go by the time the rest of the regular season begins March 28. The Mariners may slide Mitch Haniger over to center field in his absence, opening up an outfield corner for Ichiro Suzuki to play a pair of games in his native country.
Smith (elbow) was able to participate in his first batting practice of spring Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. It was an important milestone for Smith, who's been sidelined since the start of camp with an elbow strain. The speedy offseason acquisition is eventually expected to handle everyday duties in center field, but he appears to have little-to-no chance of being ready for the regular-season opener March 20 in Japan against the Athletics.
Smith (elbow) may take batting practice on the field Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Smith continues to play catch as he has been dealing with the right elbow strain since mid-February, and he resumed taking light swings last week. The 25-year-old will have difficulty being available for the regular-season opener March 20 against the Athletics in Japan, given his lack of game work this spring.
Smith (elbow) has been cleared to resume workouts, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Smith's start to camp has been slowed by a sore elbow. He played catch Monday and will start taking light swings Tuesday. The Mariners open their season early, facing the Athletics in a pair of games in Japan on March 20 and 21, and it may be tough for Smith to return in time for those games. He'll have a better shot to return when the Mariners begin the bulk of their season schedule March 28 against the Red Sox.