The Mets activated Smoker (elbow) from the 10-day disabled list Thursday. The left-hander will assume a decent setup role, considering he's punched out 36 in 29 frames. The 7.45 ERA hides Smoker's decent skills that should keep him in at least moderate-leverage situations.
Smoker (elbow) is with the club and should be activated before Thursday's game, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Tests recently revealed Smoker is dealing with loose bodies in his elbow, but apparently he's well enough to return to action. The left-hander holds a 7.45 ERA but should be a welcome addition to the bullpen because of his 36 strikeouts in 29 frames.
Smoker is apparently dealing with loose bodies in his elbow rather than a shoulder strain, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. It was originally reported that Smoker strained his shoulder after tossing 81 pitches Tuesday, though further testing confirmed that was not the case. The Mets still didn't offer a timetable for his return, though they said he will be treated with anti-inflammatories and rest. Rafael Montero will continue to fill Smoker's spot in the bullpen while he's sidelined.
Smoker was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. This comes on the heels of Smoker throwing a career-high 81 pitches in Tuesday's blowout (for reference, his previous career high was 48 offerings). Nothing has been explicitly said, but it's pretty likely that the high pitch count had something to do with the injury. It's unclear how long this ailment will sideline him, but Rafael Montero will fill his spot in the bullpen until he's back in commission.
Smoker tossed three scoreless innings of relief Tuesday, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four to get the win in an extra-inning victory over the Brewers. The left-hander with the big fastball had a 2.45 ERA on April 18 but has been a disaster since, getting scored upon in seven of his last 10 appearances heading into Tuesday. With Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (elbow) both close to rejoining the Mets staff, which will bump Robert Gsellman to the bullpen, Smoker needed a strong performance if he's going to keep his spot in the big leagues.
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