Justin Smoak 1B TOR 14 hours 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 6 days 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 7 days 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 week 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 2 weeks 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.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak returns to the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

With the right-handed Bud Norris on the mound for the Orioles, Smoak returns to the lineup. In his career, Smoak has fared much better against righties, hitting for a .709 OPS while he hits for just a .650 OPS against lefties. Smoak had a strong spring and is 1-for-4 this season with a double. With how poorly he played last season, it may be worth waiting to see how he produces over a real sample size before deploying him in your lineup.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 weeks ago

Smoak is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

Smoak will sit out in favor of Danny Valencia with left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees. Smoak hits from both side of the plate, but owns just a .650 OPS against southpaws in his career, so don't expect him to face them often.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 4 weeks ago

Smoak made the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

Smoak was widely expected to make the roster, as the bigger question is in regard to his playing time. He got off to a terrible start this spring, but he does have four home runs, seven walks and 10 strikeouts in 46 at-bats, with his .196/.315/.478 slash line held back by a poor BABIP. Smoak is Toronto's best bet to serve as designated hitter against right-handed pitching, but he probably won't have a long leash if he struggles.