Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Saturday against the Indians, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

With Jose Bautista still limited to DH duty, there simply is not a spot in the lineup for Smoak. It's uncertain when Bautista will be able to return to right field. The 28-year-old Smoak is sitting with an .859 OPS in 44 plate appearances this season.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 weeks ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Smoak continues to sit as Jose Bautista remains limited to designated hitter, pushing Edwin Encarnacion to first base. When Bautista finally returns to the outfield, Smoak's spot in the lineup will likely open up again.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 4 weeks ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Monday against the Red Sox.

Smoak will receive his second day off in the past four games as he continues to get fairly regular off days. Edwin Encarnacion will slot in as the club's first baseman Monday while Jose Bautista will return to the lineup as the designated hitter.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Friday against the Rays, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Smoak will receive a day off with a southpaw on the mound for the Rays in Drew Smyly. His place in the lineup remains tentative, as he will likely continue to receive more days off than the average first baseman.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak socked his first homer of the year Wednesday, though it was his only hit in four at-bats against Baltimore.

The two-run shot was one of two by the Jays against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Despite the long ball, Smoak has so far been just as disappointing in Toronto as he was in Seattle and Texas.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Smoak has now been out of the lineup three times in the last four games, even though the Jays have only faced one left-handed starter during that stretch. It was assumed he'd typically be in the lineup against right-handed pitchers, but Smoak seems to be moving to more of a part-time role. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base Tuesday night, with Dioner Navarro serving as designated hitter.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is back in the lineup Sunday against the Braves.

Smoak took a seat for Saturday's contest, but will return to first base Sunday afternoon against right-hander Shelby Miller. Edwin Encarnacion will move back over to DH, while Josh Donaldson (who served as the DH Saturday) will return to third base.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Smoak out causes several lineup shifts for the Blue Jays, with Edwin Encarnacion going to first base, Josh Donaldson to DH, and Danny Valencia to third base. Smoak is likely just getting rest.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak went 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 12-7 victory over the Rays.

While the power numbers haven't been there yet for Smoak, notching just one extra base hit in 16 at bats, his steady play at first base will keep him in the lineup. He has limited fantasy value, but could break out in a big way this season as the power is certainly there, but you may want to wait to see that realized before adding him to your roster.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 1 month ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

Smoak typically mans first base against right-handed pitching, so it's a bit out of the ordinary to see him sit this one out. In his stead, Edwin Encarnacion will take over at first base, while Dioner Navarro serves as the designated hitter.