RAYS: Smith hits triple in rehab with Stone Crabs

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte Stone Crabs left fielder Mallex Smith (6) rounds second on his way to third after hitting a triple in the fourth inning against Dunedin Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park. Smith is on a rehab assignment from the Tampa Bay Rays (Sun Photo by Tom O’Neill).

PORT CHARLOTTE — Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mallex Smith did Mallex Smith things Tuesday night in a rehab appearance with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Smith, who injured his hamstring in a game against the New York Yankees on April 13, was able to flash his speed in his first rehab game, by hitting a triple off the wall in right-centerfield.

“It felt good to just come out here, run around a little bit and get the legs moving,” Smith said. “That’s a rewarding feeling.”

The 23-year-old later came around to score on a ground out by Brett Sullivan.

It was the only time Smith reached base, as he grounded into a double play in at-bat No. 1 and popped out to the first baseman on a bunt attempt in his third at-bat.

Smith was tested only once in the outfield, catching a routine fly ball with a runner on third base, and made a strong throw home, just missing the runner tagging.

“I probably could’ve gotten behind the ball a little better, but that’s just me being my own critic,” Smith said. “Overall, playing out there felt good.”

According to Smith, there is no plan just yet as to when he would return to the Rays.

“We’ll see what the plan is,” Smith said. “I’ll talk to the head trainer, and we’ll figure out what’s next.”

Before hitting the disabled list, Smith was batting .273 with three runs, three walks and three stolen bases in eight games.

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