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.
Corey Hart not in the line-up for the third straight day.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 23, 2014
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.
McClendon says Hart likely to spend much time at DH early in season. Likely means Almonte/Saunders in CF, Saunders/Morrison/Romero in RF.
— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) March 23, 2014
It sounds like Justin Smoak will become the teams everyday first baseman.