The Giants paid a pretty penny to acquire Will Smith at the trade deadline this past season, immediately slotting him into a late-inning role. The southpaw struggled with his new club early on, giving up six earned runs over his first 4.2 innings with San Francisco. He settled in nicely after that, posting a 0.80 WHIP while accumulating nine holds over 18 scoreless appearances from Aug. 20 through the end of the regular season. Smith isn't your traditional lefty, as his splits are pretty even against opposing lefties and righties. That quality is what made him such an attractive piece to the Giants and why they were willing to give up a top pitching prospect, Phil Bickford, to acquire him. Smith will serve as manager Bruce Bochy's left-handed setup man in 2017, making him a desirable target in leagues that count holds.
Smith (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area Sports reports. It appears to be the worst case scenario for Smith, who has been dealing with elbow inflammation throughout spring camp. The left-hander remains optimistic the procedure will allow him to be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season and says he didn't want to risk a failed rehab process, which could have cost him even more time. Smith joined the Giants late last season, compiling a 2.95 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 games. Look for Josh Osich and Steven Okert to compete for the role of top left-hander in the San Francisco bullpen.
Smith (elbow) is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery after going for a second opinion on his pitching arm this week, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. According to Schulman, Smith will meet with his agent Friday before making a final decision on his course of action. An MRI earlier in the week revealed that Smith had a sprained UCL in his left elbow and now it appears that a Tommy John procedure could be imminent. Smith was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline and was strong down the stretch with a 1.78 FIP and 26 strikeouts over 18.1 innings. If the Giants lose Smith for a significant amount of time, they'd be missing a significant piece of their bullpen puzzle. More information on Smith's course of action should be made available over the weekend.
Smith is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his sprained UCL from Dr. Neal El-Attrache, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Smith was diagnosed with a sprain and a strain in his throwing elbow earlier in the week, but he's headed for a second opinion before making his final decision on surgery. With Tommy John surgery as a possibility, it will be a situation to monitor and more should be known about his decision after the checkup. Either way, it seems Smith is set to miss extended time to start the season.
Smith (elbow) has been diagnosed with a sprain and a strain in his throwing elbow after undergoing a second MRI on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. This is less than encouraging news for Smith, who is hoping to avoid any sort of surgery to repair his injured elbow. The lefty specialist has not made any final decisions, but Tommy John surgery is still a definite option. More updates will hopefully become available in the coming days.
Smith (elbow) will head back to San Francisco on Tuesday for a second opinion, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. There is concern about the integrity of his UCL after Monday's MRI, and it sounds like Tommy John surgery is a possibility. The Giants are hoping that Smith just needs treatment and rehab, which would still likely sideline him for the first couple months of the season. Steven Okert and Josh Osich project to open the year as the Giants two lefties out of the bullpen.