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Brewers release ex-Blue Jay Justin Smoak after Vogelbach acquisition

The Milwaukee Brewers released first baseman Justin Smoak on Tuesday after designating him for assignment last week. Smoak hit .186 in 33 games this season with five home runs and 15 runs batted in.

1st baseman hit a paltry .186 with 5 home runs in 33 games this season

The Brewers have released first baseman Justin Smoak after the one-time Blue Jay hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 33 games this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Brewers released first baseman Justin Smoak on Tuesday after designating him for assignment last week.

Smoak hit .186 in 33 games for the Brewers this season with five home runs and 15 runs batted in. Milwaukee claimed first baseman Daniel Vogelbach off waivers last week.

The Brewers entered Tuesday night's game at Detroit trailing the final playoff spot in the National League by 1 1/2 games.

Smoak's struggles came after he hit 85 homers over the previous three seasons with Toronto, although his home run totals and batting average slipped over the course of that span.

WATCH | Justin Smoak helps Blue Jays to win in last game with team: 

Justin Smoak doubled twice to cash in three RBIs in the Blue Jays 8-3 victory over the Rays. 1:36

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