First baseman Justin Smoak took batting practice with the Mariners for a second day in a row on Wednesday and is expected to join the Rainiers on Thursday as he begins his own rehab stint while returning from a strained oblique muscle.
"I'm excited to get Smoak and Gutierrez out," manager Eric Wedge said. "Not having Gutierrez this year has really been a huge hit for us. It really changed everything. You talk about your lineup and what he means in the field, just everything really worked together. We saw in Spring Training when he was in there, it all came together nicely. So I'm hoping we can get both those guys back."
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