Angels reliever Joe Smith picked up his fifth save of the season Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning. It's his second save in as many days, as Smith fills in for the injured Huston Street and keeps the Angels wild card hopes alive.
Angelspitcher Joe Smith (ankle) will be available Wednesday against the A's, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Upon completion of a 17-pitch bullpen session and fielding drills Tuesday, Smith deemed himself ready to pitch, and manager Mike Scioscia later confirmed that the right-hander has been cleared to return. The skipper left open the possibility Smith could slot into the closer role with Huston Street (groin) sidelined.
Angels pitcher Joe Smith (ankle) hopes to throw off a mound soon, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Smith may take the mound, but the team does not intend for him to start with a full bullpen session. The reliever remains a longshot to return this season, but if he does, Smith could become part of manager Mike Scioscia's closer-by-committee approach that was made necessary in the wake of Huston Street's groin injury.
Angels reliever Joe Smith's initial ankle sprain diagnosis was confirmed by his MRI results Monday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The team didn't offer a timetable, but the Angels' setup man will likely be out a matter of weeks, which would mean his season may be over if the team can't sneak into a playoff spot.
Angels reliever Joe Smith is awaiting MRI results on his sprained left ankle, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Smith suffered the sprain while off the field and the severity won't be known until the results of his medical tests are unveiled. Until that happens there's certainly cause for concern that the pitcher could miss a significant portion of the remaining regular season.