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Jake Smolinski | Outfielder | #5

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Athletics and OF Jake Smolinski avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.
Smolinski was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old appeared in 16 games with the A's down the stretch after missing most of the year from shoulder surgery. He's a .243/.307/.374 hitter in the majors, with experience between all three outfield spots. Mon, Nov 27, 2017 02:41:00 PM

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Athletics activated OF Jake Smolinski from the 60-day disabled list.

He's been sidelined since having shoulder surgery in spring training but completed a rehab assignment and is ready to go. Smolinski should see some starts against lefties.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Jake Smolinski (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

It's Smolinski's first game action since undergoing shoulder surgery in spring training. He'll serve as the DH on Saturday. Depending on how he progresses in his throwing program, Smolinksi could be an option for the Athletics' outfield sometime next month.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 07:17:00 PM

Jake Smolinski (shoulder) resumed throwing on Friday.

It was his first time throwing since undergoing shoulder surgery four months ago. Smolinksi made about 20 throws from 45 feet and didn't show any ill effects. The 28-year-old is making progress but there's still no timetable for his return.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Jake Smolinski (shoulder) has begun doing sock throws.

Smolinski required arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder back in March. He's hoping to start throwing a baseball after the All-Star break, setting up a potential return during the second half.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Jake Smolinski (shoulder) has been hitting off a tee.

He was also able to shag fly balls for the first time on Thursday. The plan is for Smolinski to resume throwing during the first week of July. Smolinski is still a long ways off, but he's making progress.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 06:55:00 PM

Jake Smolinski (shoulder) is out of his sling and has resumed light weight work.

Per beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Smolinski is still at least 11 weeks away from throwing. He was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list and obviously won't be playing for Oakland any time soon.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 07:33:00 PM

Athletics transferred OF Jake Smolinski to the 60-day disabled list

Smolinski is dealing with a right shoulder injury and still has no clear timetable for recovery. This was merely a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Jaff Decker.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 11:53:00 AM

Athletics placed OF Jake Smolinski on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

He's a little over two weeks removed from shoulder surgery. With Smolinski down for the count, Mark Canha will handle fourth outfield duties behind starters Khris Davis, Rajai Davis and Matt Joyce.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 09:33:00 PM

Jake Smolinski had his labrum repaired and a bursectomy procedure during his shoulder surgery Thursday.

Smolinski will be in a sling for four weeks and probably won't be an option in the A's outfield until June at the earlier. He was a favorite to win the last spot on the team's bench. Alejandro De Aza is one option there now, but the A's could grab someone on waivers at the end of the month.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 12:47:00 PM

Jake Smolinski will undergo surgery on his right shoulder.

Smolinksi has been bothered by the issue all spring and it simply hasn't responded as hoped. The exact nature of the problem isn't entirely clear, so more should be known about a timetable after the surgery. His absence means that Alejandro De Aza and Jaff Decker will compete for the fifth outfielder job.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 01:14:00 PM

Jake Smolinski is expected to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.

Smolinski wasn't in the lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against Texas. Even when Smolinski has played this spring, he's been limited to DHing. Smolinski's shoulder issue was originally thought to be minor but the MRI suggests it could be getting worse. The 28-year-old holds a .242 lifetime average over 542 big league at-bats.
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Jake Smolinski will do some throwing Wednesday to test his shoulder.

Smolinski has been restricted to designated hitter duties in the early part of the Cactus League schedule due to a right shoulder issue, but he's hoping to play the field soon. The 28-year-old posted a .644 OPS with seven homers over 99 games this season and is competing for a bench job this spring.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 10:37:00 AM

Jake Smolinski will serve as the Athletics' designated hitter on Sunday.

Smolinski has been cleared for hitting, but is unable to play the field due to his shoulder. He's in the mix for a reserve outfielder job this spring.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Jake Smolinski is not able to play the field yet due to a right shoulder issue.

Smolinski is able to hit, so he can serve as a designated hitter. However, it could be a while before he's cleared for full-time duty. He's competing for a reserve outfielder job with the A's this spring.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 01:29:00 PM

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