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Jake Smolinski | Outfielder | #5

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 212
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Rays signed OF Jake Smolinski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Smolinski missed a large portion of the 2018 season with a blood clot in his left leg and was outrighted off the Athletics' 40-man roster in October. The 29-year-old outfielder is a .235/.299/.363 career hitter in the major leagues. Nov 7 - 8:40 PM

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Jake Smolinski has elected free agency.

Smolinski struggled during his brief time in the majors this season and missed a significant chunk of time with a blood clot in his leg.
Oct 14 - 8:47 AM

Athletics recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a blood clot in his left leg.

This was done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the club's 40-man roster for Sunday's addition of Shawn Kelley from the Nationals. Smolinski is dealing with a blood clot in his left leg and is expected to be sidelined for as many as three months.
Aug 5 - 5:57 PM

Athletics optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville.

Smolinski has batted just .128/.171/.205 in 19 games this season at the major league level. Matt Joyce (back) will be activated off the DL in a corresponding move.
Jun 22 - 1:40 PM

Athletics recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville.

Smolinski has hit only .118/.167/.206 with zero home runs over 36 plate appearances this season for the A's. He'll back up in the outfield.
Jun 10 - 12:15 PM

Athletics optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Nashville.

Smolinski was batting .118/.167/.206 with zero home runs over 36 plate appearances this season for the A's. Trevor Cahill will take his 25-man roster spot and start Wednesday night against the Red Sox.
May 16 - 12:10 PM

Jake Smolinski went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Angels.

Smolinski finished a single short of the cycle. The 29-year-old was limited to 16 games last season due to shoulder surgery, but he’s likely to begin 2018 as a bench player and backup center fielder to either Boog Powell or Dustin Fowler. Smolinski is a .243/.307/.374 hitter in the majors, so fantasy owners shouldn’t expect much here.
Mar 23 - 11:22 PM

Jake Smolinski went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Rangers.

Smolinski was one of the lone offensive bright spots for the A's, who finished with a paltry five hits as a team. The 29-year-old outfielder provided a brief spot of light with his solo home run in the fifth inning. That dinger was his third of the spring. While the early power is nice, Smolinski has never hit more than seven home runs in a season. His main allure comes in his glove. He's attempting to win out for an Opening Day starting outfielder slot.
Mar 10 - 5:58 PM

Jake Smolinski hit a three-run homer in a 4-4 tie with the Royals in the Cactus League on Sunday.

Smolinski's three-run bomb came off of Jake Newberry in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old is currently battling for a starting spot in the outfield with the Athletics, but he's much more useful with the glove than he is with the bat, and he doesn't provide much value with his legs, either.
Feb 25 - 6:45 PM

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

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

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