Jake Smolinski’s baseball season will get off to a late start. He’ll begin it on the disabled list because he’ll undergo shoulder surgery on Friday according to the Oakland A’s.
Smolinski has been bothered by a sore right shoulder throughout spring training. He has been limited to DH duty and he’s appeared in only three spring training games.
The shoulder hasn’t been responding to treatment as Smolinski and the A’s had hoped. “He just hasn’t responded well to the throwing portion of it,” A’s manager Melvin said on the A’s website. “It’s consistently bothered him, so this is the direction we’re going.”
Smolinski was battling for an outfield spot on the opening day roster. Last season the Rockford native and Boylan graduate appeared in 99 games for the A’s. He batted .238 with 7 home runs and 27 RBIs.