Seattle Mariners Justin Smoak Demoted to AAA
Mike Carp was called up in the corresponding transaction to replace him.
Smoak was hitless in last night’s game, and was mired inand 0 for 19 slump. He was batting .189 on the season. Smoak was a centerpiece in the dealthat sent Cliff Lee to the Rangers in 2010.
While sending a player out in late July is usually not a good sign, the Mariners say they are not giving up on Smoak.
“This is for him. This is what we feel like is the right thing to do for him right now,” said, Mariners manager Eric Wedge. “If you watch his batting practice, it’s been very consistent both from the right side and the left side,” Wedge said of Smoak. “That’s it, that’s what we need to see. … The feel and the consistency, with that feel that you can get there and hold onto it — give yourself a chance with each (at-bat) — and that’s what he’s been struggling with.” Seattle PI