Smith tossed 1.1 clean innings in Wednesday's loss to the Astros. Smith has been dominant since returning from Tommy John surgery May 2. The 28-year-old has posted an 11:2 K:BB ratio without allowing a run over 9.1 innings. Tony Watson is still the club's primary setup man, but Smith appears to be right behind him in the bullpen pecking order.
Smith (elbow) was reinstated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against San Diego, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Smith appeared in six minor-league rehab outings over the past couple weeks and looks fully operational after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2017. The left-hander figures to pitch in high-leverage spots within the Giants' bullpen after posting a 3.35 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 40.1 innings of work split between San Francisco and Milwaukee in 2016. In a corresponding move, the club optioned Austin Slater to Triple-A.
Smith will be activated off the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Smith has nearly completed his rehab assignment, pitching both Wednesday and Thursday at Triple-A Sacramento without any setbacks. He'll come off the DL on Wednesday and should fall into a setup role out of the bullpen.
Smith (elbow) is scheduled to pitch Wednesday and Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Since starting his rehab assignment at High-A San Jose in mid-April, Smith has reached Triple-A Sacramento where he's thrown three perfect innings over three games. In that time he's struck out six batters. The Giants current plan is for Smith to pitch Wednesday and Thursday before getting some rest and facing a couple more batters Sunday. Barring any setbacks, it's expected that Smith will come off the DL shortly after.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that Smith (elbow) is "knocking on the door" of returning from the disabled list, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Smith has made four rehab appearances in the past week, allowing two runs and striking out seven batters in that time. It's been a long road back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last March, but it seems like he could be back in the next week or two given how frequently he's been able to pitch.