The Mariners acquired Mallex Smith in an exchange with the Rays early in the off season. (AP)
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Marlins field player Mallex Smith will not participate in early fielding and fielding exercises during spring training due to shoulder pains during the training. launch in January.
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"We will slow it down," said Friday coach Scott Servais. "He has become a little overzealous and has thrown a lot out of the fall. I think you'll see him swing into the cage and hit the field. "
Smith, 25, hit .296 with 27 doubles, 10 triples and 40 interceptions for Tampa Bay last season in his first full-league season.
It was acquired in the trade that sent Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay on November 8, after the Mariners decided to bring Dee Gordon back to second base this season.
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