Smith was sent outright to Baltimore's alternate camp site Thursday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Smith will remain with Baltimore after passing through waivers unclaimed. Prior to being designated for assignment, the outfielder hit .222/.306/.365 with two home runs and six RBI across 72 plate appearances.
Smith was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Saturday when Mason Williams was called up. Smith originally appeared to have the everyday left field position locked down but was recently benched in three of the team's last seven games. The promotion of top prospect Ryan Mountcastle definitely played a part in Smith's demotion, as he was given the start in left field Saturday for his major-league debut. Smith was struggling at the plate, hitting a meager .222/.306/.365 with two home runs and six RBI across 72 plate appearances. There is still no telling what the Orioles plan to do with the 27-year-old outfielder but an official decision will come within the next week.
Smith will not start Friday's game against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The arrival of Ryan Mountcastle should impact the playing time of several Orioles at the corner infield and outfield positions. Mountcastle will be the left fielder Friday, pushing Smith to the bench, though whether or not that will be the plan in the majority of games going forward remains to be seen.
Smith is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Smith sits for the second time in three days with the Orioles facing another lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu. Pat Valaika will get the start in left field.
Smith isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals. Smith went 1-for-4 with one RBI in Friday's blowout loss to the Nationals, and he'll get a day off Saturday. Pat Valaika will start in left field, batting sixth.