Former Gamecock Justin Smoak's father dies
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:59:05 GMT —
SEATTLE (WACH, AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have placed former South Carolina Gamecock first baseman Justin Smoak on the bereavement list.
Smoak was placed on the list early Tuesday. The team announced later that Smoak's father, Keith, had passed away at age 54.
The Mariners also recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Triple-A Tacoma. Smoak may not be activated for three days and can remain on the bereavement list for up to seven days.Related Stories Mariners send former Gamecock Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma Texas Rangers select USC's Justin Smoak for MLB Smoak leads Gamecocks to postseason honors
Before the game, Seattle manager Eric Wedge said the team will give Smoak all the time he needs.
Smoak is Seattle's leading hitter at .291 with a pair of homers and five doubles. Chris Gimenez started at first on Tuesday night against Detroit, and Wedge says Adam Kennedy also will fill in while Smoak is away from the team.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)