Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Smith had started both of the Angels' past two games behind the dish, the first time that has happened all season. Though he delivered a two-hit performance Saturday to lift his season average to .277, Jonathan Lucroy still appears locked in as the Angels' preferred backstop.
Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Mariners on Sunday. Smith got the start in place of Jonathan Lucroy and took advantage by blasting his first home run of the season. He's only gotten 30 plate appearances to this point in the campaign backing up Lucroy, but he's hitting a respectable .240/.367/.440.
Smith is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. Smith was behind the dish in Monday's 12-7 loss and enjoyed a solid night offensively, contributing a double and two walks over five plate appearances. It was only his fifth start through the Angels' first 17 contests, so he's clearly the No. 2 option at catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy.
Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Giants. Smith launched a two-run blast in the first inning to get the Angels on the board and plated another run in the sixth on a single to left field. The 30-year-old remains on track to open the 2019 season as the backup catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy and has gone 9-for-32 with seven RBI and eight runs scored so far this spring.
Smith (ankle) was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday. Smith will provide additional depth at the catching position for an Angels team that currently has two other backstops on the 40-man roster (Francisco Arica and Jose Briceno) after designating Joe Hudson for assignment in a corresponding move. Across 52 games this past season, Smith hit .292/.348/.380 with three home runs and 21 RBI after missing the first couple months due to a Grade 1 ankle sprain he suffered in spring training. The 30-year-old is expected to undergo surgery on the ankle this offseason, though he should be ready to go for spring training.
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