Smith notched his first save of the season in the first game of Friday's doubleheader by recording the final out in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Cody Allen blew the save in the bottom of the eighth inning and then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth after allowing three singles, forcing manager Terry Francona to bring in Smith to finish things off. The veteran righty now has a 2.53 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and 10:0 K:BB in 10 appearances (10.2 innings) since returning to Cleveland at the end of July.
Smith struck out two Rays over a perfect inning Saturday to pick up his 15th hold of the year. With Andrew Miller (knee) sidelined, Smith is getting his fair share of work since being traded to Cleveland from Toronto. In four appearances since the move, Smith has picked up two holds while allowing just one hit over 4.2 scoreless innings. He seems to have worked his way into the setup role in Miller's absence.
Smith was traded to the Indians by Toronto on Monday in exchange for minor leaguers Tom Pannone and Samad Taylor, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Smith has been one of the top relievers out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this season, compiling a 3.28 ERA and a 51:10 K:BB in 35.2 innings. He'll now slot in as one of the top options out of the Indians' bullpen, although he'll surely slot in behind both Cody Allen and Andrew Miller in the pecking order for saves.
Smith (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Saturday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Smith ultimately missed just over a month of action due to a bout of shoulder inflammation, but he seems to be back to full health now after a few rehab appearances. He'll look to reclaim his spot as the top setup man for closer Roberto Osuna as he and Chris Smith enter the fold to replace Jeff Beliveau and Aaron Sanchez (finger) on the active roster.
Smith (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. The right-hander is reportedly with the team already, but given how overworked their bullpen is at the moment, the Blue Jays will wait a day to activate Smith and demote a long reliever. No word has come forth as to what specific corresponding move will be used to get him on the active roster, but things should clear up as Saturday's game time approaches.
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