Feb 25, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Corey Hart (27) warms up during camp at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners’ Corey Hart held out of the lineup, again


With Opening Day just a week away, the Seattle Mariners will be taking on the Oakland Athletics to continue Cactus League play. Seattle (15-9), are currently in second place in the standings, while Oakland (12-9), sit in fourth place behind the San Francisco Giants.

Now according to Ryan Divish on Twitter, the Mariners will be without utility man Corey Hart on Sunday, for the third consecutive day.

Hart is experiencing some minor forearm soreness and is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. The team will be taking on the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Arizona.

The 31 year old veteran has played in 12 games so far this Spring. He’s hitting .143/.250/.421 across the line with one RBI, five hits and 18 strike outs. According to Bob Dutton on Twitter, Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon says that Corey will spend most of the season at DH.

It sounds like Justin Smoak will become the teams everyday first baseman.

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