Smith was placed on the injured list with an undisclosed injury Saturday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Smith last pitched Sept. 29, when he was asked to record only one out. Since joining the Mariners on July 27, he has maintained a strong 2.12 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 17 strikeouts across 17 innings. Andres Munoz was reinstated from the injured list Saturday and could help fill in out of the bullpen.
Smith (4-4) pitched two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just one hit to earn the win over the Angels on Friday. Smith entered the sixth inning with one out and runners on first and second base. He had a two-run lead, but both inherited runners scored to tie the game. The Mariners took the lead back in the seventh inning to give Smith the win. He's allowed just one earned run in his last eight appearances. On the season, the reliever has a 5.03 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 34 punchouts in 39.1 innings.
Smith improved his record to 3-4 with a win over the Athletics on Thursday and has delivered three straight scoreless appearances and six in his last seven outings. Smith fired a perfect fifth inning Thursday on an efficient eight pitches and then became the pitcher of record when the Mariners rallied to take the lead for good in the top half of the sixth. The veteran right-hander's recent strong stretch is an extension of the solid form he's demonstrated since arriving from the Astros shortly before the trade deadline -- he's allowed multiple earned runs in just one of 21 appearances with the Mariners after doing so in six of 27 outings with Houston.
Smith (2-4) took the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Red Sox on Tuesday, allowing an earned run on one hit while recording two strikeouts over one-plus inning. Smith came on to work the seventh of a 2-2 game and fired a scoreless frame with a pair of strikeouts, but the leadoff triple he yielded to Xander Bogaerts in the eighth eventually led to a run given up by Drew Steckenrider that went on Smith's ledger and resulted in a loss going on his ledger. The veteran right-hander saw a brief but encouraging streak of three consecutive scoreless appearances snapped with Tuesday's stumble, yet he's been solid overall save for a handful of instances since arriving in Seattle with a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 0.6 HR/9 and two holds across 14.2 innings.
Smith (2-3) took the loss and blown save in Monday's 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Astros, allowing two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning. Smith was selected to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning and surrendered three singles while recording only one out to blow the lead and fall in line for the loss. This is Smith's second loss and blown save combo in his last three appearances. The veteran 37-year-old now has a 5.79 ERA on the season.
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