Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Thursday that Smith won't be a backup option in center field and is viewed primarily as a left fielder, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. "Smitty's most comfortable in left. I think there's a situation where he could play right, but he's not a center field option for me." Considering that Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini are viewed as the primary options in left and right field, respectively, it's not ideal that Smith isn't trusted to play center, which is normally a requirement for a fourth outfielder. The addition of an extra active roster spot for MLB teams in 2020 along with DJ Stewart's (ankle) ongoing recovery from offseason surgery helps Smith's case for breaking camp with the big club, but the 27-year-old may need to elevate his production at the plate to ensure he keeps a spot in Baltimore all season. He started out hot in 2019 before fading badly in the second half, wrapping up his first year in Baltimore with a .241/.297/.412 slash line (83 wRC+).
Smith is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Smith will finish the season on the bench for the second consecutive contest. Trey Mancini will start in left field while Renato Nunez takes over at first base.
Smith is not in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox. He is hitting .261 with one home run and zero steals in 17 games this month. DJ Stewart is starting in left field while Trey Mancini starts in right field.
Smith went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs in an 11-4 victory against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. This was Smith's first homer since July 23. The 26-year-old only had two homers in his career prior to this season, but despite the drought, he now has 13 long balls in 99 games this season. The three hits also raise Smith's average to its highest mark since the beginning of July. He is batting .243 with 53 RBI, 46 runs and five steals in 350 at-bats this season.
Smith is starting in left field and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Toronto's starting pitcher (Anthony Kay) was scratched due to a back injury, prompting the Orioles to switch up their starting lineup. Anthony Santander is heading to the bench to make room in the lineup for Smith, who is slashing .229/.270/.314 with two walks and 10 strikeouts since the start of September (14 games).
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