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April 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Mariners manager Eric Wedge says Justin Smoak needs another day of rest to keep hamstring issue under control

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Well, we at least know why Justin Smoak isn’t in the lineup tonight against a right-handed pitcher. Wedge wants Smoak to get another day of rest in so that the hamstring tightness that has bothered him on and off for the past 10 days can finally be put in the past.
“He was good to go and the trainer said he was good to go,” Wedge said. “I just wanted to give him another day and make sure we didn’t have revovling issues here as we work through the season.”
Wedge said Brendan Ryan is also getting a day off to get his body physically up to speed as well.


Speaking of needing a day off, Mike Carp asked that he be pulled from the Class AAA Tacoma lineup last night because he needed a day off. Carp has been working hard to get back from that shoulder strain and needs more AAA time before he’s MLB game-ready, as is clear from the night off.
Franklin Gutierrez, as expected, still isn’t ready to go out on a rehabilitation assignment. As we wrote two months ago, if Gutierrez is back by mid-May, it will be a positive development. You can’t skip spring training and jump back into a lineup. You pretty much have to do most of it all over again, which is what he’s doing.
Anyhow, as we’ve mentioned a bit the past few days, this road trip is a big one for the Mariners in terms of figuring out who they are and keeping fan interest in their team from drifting before the calendar even turns to May.
“I think this will be a challenging road trip for us,” Wedge said. “It will be a road trip to where we can continue to find out more about each other and ourselves as a club as we define just what type of club we’re going to be.
“We don’t have to do all that right now, but one thing I do want to continue to do individually is keep working to get better. It sounds like a simple thing. But whatever part of the game you think you have a defficiency in, you’ve got to keep attacking that. And work smart. We’ve got to work smart and practice smart.
“If we do all of those things, we’ve got enough talent and ability with our young players where we’ll continue to get better as a club.”
The lineups:
MARINERS
LF Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
DH Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
1B Alex Liddi
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
SS Munenori Kawasaki
LHP Jason Vargas
TIGERS
CF Austin Jackson
RF Brennan Boesch
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Delmon Young
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
LF Ryan Raburn
2B Brandon Inge
RHP Max Scherzer

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