Smith was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Geovany Soto (elbow) heading back to the DL, Smith receives his second stint with the White Sox this season. The 28-year-old went just 1-for-11 over three games in his first stretch, but is slashing a solid .377/.435/.491 in the minors this season, a trend he will aim to translate against big-league arms. Nonetheless, Omar Narvaez will still see a majority of starts behind the plate until Soto is able to return, so Smith will be challenged to find many opportunities.
Smith went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees. Smith was in the starting lineup Monday to catch for Derek Holland, who's usually caught by Geovany Soto, but he's on the disabled list with an elbow injury. This was Smith's second start since being called up last week to replace Soto. The other was last Friday for Dylan Covey, with whom he had more familiarity than No. 1 catcher Omar Narvaez.
The White Sox purchased the contract of Smith from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Geovany Soto (elbow) was placed on the disabled list but, if further tests reveal minimal damage, could return before the end of April. Smith is 7-for-16 with nine RBI over his first four games for Charlotte but will probably back up Omar Narvaez for as long as he's with the White Sox, limiting his opportunities for contributions at the plate.
Smith has been outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte but will still participate in the White Sox's major league spring training. The White Sox had a surplus of catching options on the major league roster with Geovany Soto nearing a return in addition to Omar Narvaez. With that, Smith will likely start the year in Triple-A, barring an injury to one of Chicago's other major league-ready catchers. Smith slashed .219/.291/.399 in 183 at-bats at Triple-A last season.
Smith went 1-for-3 with his first career hit in the White Sox's loss to the Royals on Saturday. Smith received his second start of the month as manager Robin Ventura begins to empty out his bench. Smith missed a healthy chunk of 2016 due to back issues, and he struggled at the plate (career-low .690 OPS) when he did play. Pending the team's other offeseason moves, he could be in play for the big league team's backup catcher role.