After opting out of last season for personal reasons, the 37-year-old right-hander hasn't been able to regain top form upon rejoining Houston in 2021. Through his 22 appearances, Smith has posted a 6.23 ERA and a 13.3 K-BB% across 17.1 innings. The Astros had already been using Smith mostly in low-leverage spots, and now that he'll be working back from a sore elbow, he's unlikely to capture a key setup role once he's activated from the IL.
Astros' Joe Smith: Heads to IL with sore elbow
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