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Smoak back in lineup Thursday night

Smoak back in lineup Thursday night

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Smoak back in lineup Thursday night
SEATTLE -- First baseman Justin Smoak was back in the Mariners lineup on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Indians with a tight right hamstring.

"It feels good," Smoak said. "But I haven't done anything yet to test it that much. I'll still take it easy. I'm not going to go out there and turn the jets on. But I'm back in there today and hopefully it feels good."

The big man spent most of the day getting treatment and running in the pool to loosen up his leg. Manager Eric Wedge said he would "have to manage" the injury and will be monitored on a day-to-day basis, but jokingly noted Smoak isn't exactly known for his blazing speed in the first place.

"We've got him taped up pretty good," Wedge said. "He probably won't steal a base tonight. We'll just take him day-to-day."

Smoak is used to the speed jokes. Asked if he could score from first base on a double by Kyle Seager, who happened to be standing at the adjacent locker, Smoak just chuckled.

"I normally don't score on that anyway," he said. "I keep telling him, he's got to hit it over the fence."

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