Smoker was recalled Tuesday to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader with St. Louis. The Mets will take advantage of the "26th Man Rule" by adding Smoker to their roster for a doubleheader matchup. The 27-year-old has logged a 4.73 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 45.2 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he's spent all of the 2016 season. He'll serve as bullpen depth for both games and could get optioned shortly after.
Smoker tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout in a Mets' intrasquad game Tuesday, the NY Post reports. Smoker resurrected his career in the independent leagues after being derailed by shoulder woes following his selection by the Nationals in 2007. He continued that success in the minors last season for the Mets, almost earning a September call-up. Smoker was added to the 40-man roster in November, and while most of the bullpen spots are taken, he could force his way onto the squad with a strong preseason.
Smoker was added to the Mets' 40-man roster Thursday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Smoker pitched well in the minors in 2015, posting a 3.00 ERA with Double-A Binghamton and striking out 26 batters in 21 innings. This move could be just to prevent him from being a target of the Rule 5 Draft, but it could also lead to bigger things, especially with the left-hander possessing the ability to touch the upper-90s with his fastball.
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