Smoker has earned a 5.43 ERA across 53 innings this season with the Mets. Despite an ugly 7.45 ERA in the first half of the season, Smoker has bounced back with a 3.00 ERA since the All-Star break. After dealing with a nagging elbow injury throughout June and July, the 28-year-old finally appears healthy. He's near the middle of the pack in a struggling bullpen, however he has the potential to pitch some key innings in the final games of the season.
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.