Mariners activate Justin Smoak from DL

Jun 18, 2013, 11:20 AM | Updated: 2:22 pm

By Brady Henderson

The Mariners have activated first baseman Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Alex Liddi to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Tuesday.

Smoak has been on a rehab assignment in Tacoma as he prepares to return from a right oblique strain. He was hitting .240 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 46 games before landing on the DL.

His return means a lighter workload for Kendrys Morales, who is hitting .211 in June while helping fill in for Smoak at first base.

Liddi has hit .059 in eight games.

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