Smith (thumb) will not require surgery but will remain in a cast for a few more weeks, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports. Avoiding surgery is certainly a positive for Smith, but he's still facing a fairly lengthy recovery timetable that's expected to drag into September. Smith likely won't resume baseball activities until next month, and he figures to play in several rehab games before returning to the Braves.
Smith (thumb) is healing well and expects to avoid surgery, David O'Brien of AJC.com reports. Smith fractured his left thumb after being hit by a pitch several weeks ago but following evaluation, the Braves are saying that they think he'll avoid surgery. It's not set in stone, however, but if he indeed does not go under the knife, he'll miss less time than the surgery route. The 23-year-old will likely resume baseball activities sometime in July and if rehab goes well, could return to the big leagues in August.
Smith (thumb) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and he is expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks. Smith's move to the disabled list Tuesday comes as little surprise, but the 8-to-10 week time frame is slightly longer than initially expected. With that timetable, Smith will likely be on the shelf until mid-August at the best case scenario. The Braves selected the contract of veteran Emilio Bonifacio on Tuesday to take Smith's spot on the active roster.
X-rays revealed that Smith exited Sunday's game with a fractured left thumb after being hit by a pitch earlier in the day. Smith is scheduled to return to Atlanta on Sunday night and to receive further evaluation on the thumb Monday, at which point a timetable could be revealed. While the fracture is on his non-throwing hand, it's still likely the issue will cost him extended time. Jeff Francoeur could be in line to see more time in the outfield should the issue indeed keep Smith out.
Smith left Sunday's game in the seventh inning due to an apparent thumb injury. Smith was hit with a pitch earlier in the game, and now the team will send him for X-rays in an effort to gather additional information. The team has a day off Monday, so at the very least, the young outfielder will have an extra day to rest any potential ailment. Smith was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a run scored prior to exiting.