Justin Smoak 1B SEA 2 Months

Smoak was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and is in the lineup Monday against the A's.

Smoak's 2014 campaign has been split fairly evenly between Seattle and Tacoma, as injury and ineffectiveness (.208/.279/.352) have resulted in him playing in just 69 games with the major league club this season. He'll man first and bat sixth against right-hander Jason Hammel in his return, but Logan Morrison remains the favorite for playing time at first base and Kendrys Morales is locked in as the regular designated hitter.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 3 Months

Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 3 Months

Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's sent Smoak to Triple-A earlier this month after he finished his rehab assignment, but they need him now with Michael Saunders (oblique) out. He should see the occasional start at first base and/or DH.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Mariners activated 1B Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Logan Morrison has heated up at the plate to grab ahold of the first base job, leaving Smoak without a starting spot. Smoak had a big first week of the season for the M's but batted just .191/.267/.319 over his last 56 games before going on the disabled list. He's hit only .225/.310/.383 across parts of five big league seasons.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Justin Smoak (quad) took a day off from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday after feeling overall soreness.

He's expected to return to action Wednesday. The Mariners had been hoping Smoak was ready to be activated last week, but obviously he's needed more time. The first baseman is batting .220/.298/.366 with one homer over 47 plate appearances so far on his rehab assignment.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Justin Smoak (quad) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

Smoak is 5-for-23 with a homer in six rehab games for Triple-A Tacoma and seems to no longer be hindered by the strained left quad that sent him to the DL a couple weeks ago. The problem is that the Mariners are in a bit of a roster crunch, so they could choose to keep Smoak on his rehab a while longer while continuing to evaluate their options.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Justin Smoak (quad) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday night with Triple-A Tacoma.

Smoak will bat seventh and start at first base for Tacoma in his rehab debut. If all goes well over the next several days, he should be activated when first eligible on June 26. Smoak has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 11 because of a quad injury.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Justin Smoak (quad) ran the bases on Monday.

It's the first time he's done so since going on the disabled list nearly a week ago with a strained quad. Smoak is expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week as long as he doesn't encounter any setbacks.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Mariners placed 1B Justin Smoak on the 15-day disabled list with a quad injury.

Smoak had missed six of the Mariners' last seven games and the club no longer wanted to play a man short. He should be able to return when he is first eligible. Willie Bloomquist has been filling in at first base, and Logan Morrison is back now to help out.

Justin Smoak 1B SEA 4 Months

Justin Smoak (quad) is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.

Smoak has been left out of the Seattle lineup five out of the last six games because of soreness in his quad. He was used as a defensive replacement on Monday, so the safe assumption is that the injury is not serious.