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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Jake Smolinski exits with bruised elbow


By on 7/12/2014 08:30:00 AM

Texas Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski, playing only his fifth game since being promoted from Triple-A Round Rock, was forced to leave Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels after getting hit by a pitch in the second inning, according to T.R. Sullivan and Grace Raynor of MLB.com (video here and below). X-rays were negative. Smolinski was replaced in left field by Daniel Robertson as the Rangers lost 3-0 to the Halos, whose victory brought them to 2.5 games back of the Oakland A's in the AL West. The injury-plagued Rangers have now lost six straight and 9 of 10.


Smolinski has gone 8 for 14 (.571/.600/.786) with three doubles and three RBI. Sullivan and Raynor not that "Smolinski has had multiple hits in all three of his starts with the Rangers and is the first Ranger ever to record eight hits through his first four big league games. George Wright had seven in 1982." The 25-year-old Smolinski was drafted by the Rangers in 2007 (2nd round) and made his debut July 7, 2014. He hit .267/.349/.459 with 10 homers in 80 games at the AA and AAA levels. He is pre-arb and under team control through 2019.

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