Justin Smoak
1B TOR
2 months ago

Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

The breakout star has cooled this month and will get a breather in the matinee game. Kendrys Morales is released from his designated hitter spot and will don a glove at first base in his place. Smoak sports a .272/.358/.534 line with 38 home runs, 90 RBI and 85 runs scored for 2017.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
2 months ago

Smoak went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

The first baseman's third-inning RBI came on his 24th double of the year, matching his career high set as a Mariner in 2011. Smoak's 86 RBI this season rank second among AL first baseman, as does his .913 OPS. Tuesday's effort might be just what the 30-year-old needed to get back on track after a few down weeks.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
2 months ago

Smoak is out of the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak, who's hitting .278/.358/.550 for the year, is in the midst of a rough stretch at the plate. Over the last 14 games he's gone just 7-for-44 (.159) and posted an underwhelming .288 OBP. He'll get the night off while Kendrys Morales fills in at first base.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak (calf) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak was held out of the starting nine Tuesday due to lingering calf soreness, but he ended up logging five plate appearances off the bench in the 19-inning marathon. The 30-year-old is in the midst of a career year -- he has a great shot at 40 homers, and if he gets there, he will have doubled his previous career high.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak, who is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game due to a bruised calf, is available off the bench, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak is apparently dealing with some lingering soreness after fouling a ball off his calf Monday, but seeing as he's available off the bench, the issue isn't expected to keep him out too long. Steve Pearce is starting at first base in his stead.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will get the day off after starting the previous three contests following his return from a calf injury. The 30-year-old continues to mash this season, and he currently owns a .283/.362/.565 line with 37 homers in 135 games. Steve Pearce will slide over to first base in his stead, opening up a spot for Teoscar Hernandez to start in left field.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak (calf) is starting at first base and hitting third Saturday against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

He was out of the lineup for three straight games with the calf issue, but got into Friday's game late, so it's not surprising to see him back in against lefty Wade Miley. Deploy Smoak with confidence the rest of the way. Steve Pearce moves back to left field and is leading off.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak (calf) is out of Friday's lineup against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

He should continue to be considered day-to-day with the calf injury, which has now forced him to miss three games. Steve Pearce once again starts at first base and will hit cleanup.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak (calf) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will miss a second straight game while he rests a sore calf muscle. The first baseman has enjoyed an excellent season thus far, hitting .287/.363/.570 with 36 home runs and 84 RB. He should remain day-to-day for the time being while Steve Pearce draws a start at first in his place.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
3 months ago

Smoak is out of Wednesday's lineup with a sore calf muscle, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He hadn't been out of the lineup in over two months, so it is not surprising he is dealing with an injury. Consider him day-to-day. Steve Pearce is starting at first base and hitting second in his place.