MLB Notes: Mariners’ Smoak lands on disabled list
Justin Smoak was placed on the disabled list by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday for a non-displaced fracture of his nose.
Taking his place on the roster is much-traveled outfielder and designated hitter Wily Mo Pena. He was selected from Triple-A Tacoma and was in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, one of four teams Pena has played for in his career.
Smoak was hit in the face by a bad-hop grounder in the second inning of Friday’s game. X-rays revealed the fracture and a CT scan also showed a hairline fracture of the maxilla bone in his left cheek.
The Mariners first baseman will be restricted from activity for three to five days, then may resume playing catch and taking batting practice.
He has appeared in a career-high 101 games, hitting .220 with 30 runs scored, 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. Smoak had recently missed seven games from Aug. 3-10 because of a sore right thumb.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated LHP Luke French for assignment.
Morrison stunned by demotion
Logan Morrison was stunned. He was headed back to the minors.
The Florida Marlins sent Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans and released veteran infielder Wes Helms after Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
“Heartbroken, man, disappointed,” Morrison said. “I play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair to me.”
Morrison went 0 for 3 with a walk Saturday night but had two hits in each of his previous two games. The 23-year-old outfielder is batting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs on the year.
“I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or you guys,” Morrison said. “I asked for an explanation and the one I got was, ‘You are hitting. 240.’ ”
Clearing the bases
San Diego right-hander Tim Stauffer tied a Padres record by giving up five homers to the Reds. … The Pittsburgh Pirates placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the 15-day disabled list. … Infielder Alexi Casilla is headed back to the Minnesota’s disabled list with a strained right hamstring. … The San Francisco Giants placed outfielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno.