Mariners manager Eric Wedge said yesterday that he thought Justin Smoak might be ready to start today’s game. Instead, Smoak is going on the disabled list, retroactive to May 30, when he pinch-hit against the Padres. Smoak has been trying to come back from an oblique injury but obviously was not making the necessary progress.
With Smoak on the DL, that cleared room on the 25-man roster for Jeremy Bonderman, who was selected from Tacoma and will start today’s game. And to make room on the 40-man roster, IF/OF Vinnie Catricala was designated for assignment. IT’s quite a fall for Catricala, who was the Mariners’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, but had a disappointing season with Tacoma in 2012 and was struggling this year with Class AA Jackson.
In one other move announced today, the Mariners traded outfielder Francisco Martinez to the Tigers for cash or a player to be named. Speaking of falls, Martinez was supposed to be a key player in the Doug Fister trade when the Mariners acquired him — he was a third baseman then. But he never hit much, was converted to the outfield, and then DFA’d last week. Now he’s going back to his original organization, and the Mariners have even less to show for the Fister trade — just reliever Charlie Furbush and pitcher Chance Ruffin, being converted to starting in Jackson.