DETROIT -- It was surprising when Alex Liddi, not Justin Smoak, was penciled in at first base for Tuesday's series opener against Detroit. After Smoak, who has been dealing with soreness in his right hamstring, had an expected day off on Sunday, it was unexpected to see him sidelined again.
But manager Eric Wedge said there is no reason to be alarmed.
"The trainer said he was good to go, but I just wanted to give him another day and make sure we don't have resolving issues as we make our way through the season," Wedge said.
Smoak, who is hitting .203, has been getting treatment and working to strengthen the hamstring each day. He said that he could have played on Tuesday but will instead aim to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
"Everything's fine," Smoak said. "[I just need to] take of it now [so it doesn't affect me later]."
Happy homecoming for Furbush, Wells
DETROIT -- Charlie Furbush remembers everything about July 30, 2011 -- the day he was traded from the Tigers to the Mariners.
"I remember being in my apartment on the 30th, and we had a 4 o'clock game here," said Furbush, who, along with Casper Wells, returned to Comerica Park on Tuesday for the first time since being dealt. "I had gotten a couple of phone calls and text messages at 9:30 a.m. -- 'Congrats, you're going to love Seattle' -- and I hadn't even gone to the ballpark yet.
"Next thing you know, I'm on a flight at 7 o'clock to Seattle. I remember getting over there about 11 o'clock at night, but it's 2 o'clock East Coast time. I'm like, 'Why am I so tired right now? This is unbelievable.'"
Furbush, Wells, and pitching prospects Chance Ruffin and Francisco Martinez were sent to Seattle at the non-waiver Trade Deadline as part of a six-player deal that sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to Detroit.
Both Wells and Furbush were drafted by the Tigers -- Furbush in 2007 and Wells in 2005 -- and spent years in the system before being dealt. Both are happy to be back.
"This is where it all started for me," Furbush said. "It's kind of hard to explain, but it's pretty cool being back, for sure."
Wells, who was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., made his rounds around the Tigers' clubhouse on Tuesday, talking with Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and a few of his former coaches.
"It's like family that you grew up with, and they're letting you back in," Wells said. "It's like coming back home."
Rehabbing Carp takes night off
DETROIT -- Mike Carp, who's been rehabbing a sprained right shoulder with Triple-A Tacoma, was a late scratch from that team's lineup on Monday night.
Manager Eric Wedge said on Tuesday that it was Carp who approached the coaching staff and asked for the night off.
"He just felt like he needed a day," Wedge said. "I talked to Rick Griffin today, our trainer, about that. He just felt like he needed a day. He's been working at it pretty good. He still just needs to play a little bit more down there."
In his first seven games, Carp is batting .133. Wedge said on Sunday that Carp's timing at the plate has been a bit off and that he needs a while longer with the Rainiers.
Carp, who has been serving primarily as designated hitter, got his first start in left field on Friday. He is expected to find a spot in the outfield when he returns to the Mariners.
Carp played 79 games with Seattle last season, batting .276 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Manager Eric Wedge compared the development of Jesus Montero with that of the Tigers' Victor Martinez. During his time managing the Indians (2002 to 2009), Wedge spent time breaking in Martinez at catcher, the same way he is doing now with Montero.
"Victor worked real hard behind the plate and ended up being an All-Star catcher," said Wedge, who recalled that he had concerns about Martinez behind the plate. "When you look at Montero, he's a good worker, too, and he's still learning how to work smart and how to do it the right way."
The Mariners are 5-for-42 with runners in scoring position over the past five games. They are currently riding a season-long four-game losing streak.
Tuesday's game against the Tigers marked the first of a 10-game road trip for the Mariners. They will play three games in Detroit before heading to Toronto for a three-game series and Tampa Bay for four games.
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.