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 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.
Smith will undergo an MRI on his elbow after he felt something during Monday's spring game, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. This isn't good news for Smith, who was only making his second appearance back after being sidelined for much of spring with elbow inflammation. Given the time of spring, it seems likely the southpaw won't be ready for Opening Day. His status will be updated after the MRI results are known.
Smith left Monday's spring game early with a trainer, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Smith deflected a grounder with his bare hand, but he was able to stay on and record two outs before being pulled in the middle of an at-bat. It's not clear if the injury is related to the ball that ricocheted off his hand or his elbow that sidelined him for the first three weeks of spring games. The southpaw should be considered day-to-day until the Giants release more about his injury.