Smith (thumb) was activated from the disabled list Friday.
The 23-year-old will not return to the lineup right away and it remains to be seen how often he'll play down the stretch, with Ender Inciarte, Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis all locked into regular roles in the Braves' outfield. Smith did, however, post a .298/.362/.476 line against right-handed pitching before going down with the thumb injury in June, so three-to-four starts per week moving forward seems realistic. He's gone 14-for-21 on the basepaths to begin his major league career.
Smith was on the shelf since June 19 due to this thumb ailment, but after spending the beginning of the month on Double-A Mississippi's playoff roster, he'll head back to the majors to get a bit more experience there. The speedster may be treated more as a fourth outfielder considering Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte, and Nick Markakis are currently patrolling the outfield for Atlanta, but Smith should get a decent number of starts down the stretch as the Braves prepare him to play a larger role next season.
Smith is performing very well during his rehab assignment with Mississippi, and now that the M-
Smith (thumb) is expected to begin a rehab stint with Double-A Mississippi, Kevin McAlpin of Sports Radio 680 The Fan reports.
The club had previously indicated that Smith might miss the remainder of the season, but it now sounds as though he'll return to the field at least at one level of the organization before the 2016 season wraps up. It remains to be seen if that means the 23-year-old can work his way back into major league action before 2017, but even if he doesn't, it will be an encouraging sign if he's able to participate in some minor league games before the offseason.
While there had been hope that Smith could be back before the end of the 2016 campaign, an early return has officially been ruled out. The club wants to ensure that his thumb heals properly, and with Atlanta far out of playoff contention, there's simply no need to rush Smith's return.
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