Smith will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Following DJ Stewart's demotion to the Orioles' alternate site Wednesday, Smith has emerged as the team's clear top option in left field. Though he'll be making his fourth straight start Sunday, Smith is still sitting on a meager .281 on-base percentage on the season. As such, Smith may not have an especially long leash in a full-time role.
Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees. Smith jumped on a Gerrit Cole fastball in the seventh inning, sending it 398 feet over the right field wall. The 27-year-old was making his first start of the season as he sits fourth on Baltimore's outfield depth chart.
The Orioles activated Smith (not injury related) from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Smith was a late arrival at summer camp following a positive COVID-19 test, but he has since returned to full health and was cleared to rejoin the team for workouts July 17. Though manager Brandon Hyde had some concerns that Smith wouldn't have sufficient training time ahead of Opening Day, the Orioles' decision to activate him implies they're satisfied with where he stands. Smith is expected to begin the season as a fourth outfielder, with Anthony Santander, Austin Hays and DJ Stewart likely to serve as the club's primary starters.
Smith (illness) faced lived pitching Tuesday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Smith tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing, so he wasn't able to report to camp until Friday. He remains on the COVID-19 injured list but is eligible to return at any time, so he hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.
The Orioles placed Smith (not injury related) on the COVID-19 injured list Monday. Per Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun, Smith revealed in a video call Saturday that his delayed arrival at summer camp was due to a positive COVID-19 test, which occurred July 1 as part of the Orioles' intake testing process at Camden Yards. Smith indicated that he was asymptomatic, but he wasn't cleared to join the Orioles for workouts for more than two weeks. Per Joe Trezza of MLB.com, manager Brandon Hyde said Smith is eligible to come off the IL at any time, so the outfielder could still break camp with the club if the Orioles are convinced that he's gotten sufficient reps in ahead of Opening Day.