ARLINGTON -- Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak took batting practice again on Tuesday, hoping to return from a left thumb injury he sustained on Aug. 2 against Oakland, but he remained out of the starting lineup against the Rangers.
Smoak hit left-handed in the batting cages Tuesday, as he did Monday, but he did not hit from the right side in his initial round of swings. Manager Eric Wedge said Smoak was available to pinch-hit Tuesday night.
"I know he's frustrated," Wedge said. "I'm hoping he can play by Friday. ... It doesn't have to be perfect, but it has to be serviceable to where he can go out there and have a chance to perform."