Smith allowed a hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 12-6 win over the White Sox. This was Smith's second appearance since being activated off the disabled list, both in which he's allowed hits but no runs. Situations don't get much lower-leverage than this, as the 34-year-old mopped up the ninth inning with Houston up by six. Smith's 4.98 ERA brings up the rear of the entire Astros' staff, so he'll need to string together several scoreless outings before being entrusted to high-leverage work.
Smith (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Smith will head back to the Astros' bullpen after partaking in a pair of games at the minor-league level while rehabbing his right elbow injury. Across 23 appearances with Houston this year, he's posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
Smith (elbow) fired a scoreless inning of relief for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday and will rejoin the Astros for a series beginning Tuesday against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. This was the second game for Smith while on rehabilitation assignment. He had a 19-pitch outing Friday, when he allowed three singles before stranding the bases loaded. On Sunday, he threw 14 pitches (eight for strikes) and allowed one hit. That was enough to get the side-arming right-hander back to Houston. The Astros cleared a roster spot Sunday by returning Cionel Perez back to Double-A.
Smith (elbow) allowed three hits and struck out one in a scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday. Smith required 19 pitches and loaded the bases on three singles before an inning-ending strikeout stranded the runners. From a pitch-count standpoint, the right-handed reliever got in plenty of work in what was the first game of his rehabilitation assignment. The Astros' decision-makers will gather and determine if Smith needs another outing in the minors. If not activated this weekend, Smith is expected to be with Houston for its two-game series against Texas which begins Tuesday.
Smith (elbow) threw a bullpen session Sunday, his first since going on the disabled list June 10, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Smith tested the right elbow by throwing 30 pitches during the session. Given there's no setback, the side-arming right-hander will throw another bullpen some time this week before heading out on a rehabilitation assignment.