Smith was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Saturday. The 26-year-old lost out on regular at-bats over the last week and a half since Ketel Marte has been limited to serving as the designated hitter. Smith should see more playing time in the minors, while Cooper Hummel was recalled to take his place on the active roster.
Smith isn't starting Wednesday against the Padres. Although right-hander Mike Clevinger is on the mound for San Diego on Wednesday, Smith will retreat to the bench for the fourth time in the last five games. Ketel Marte is serving as the designated hitter while Buddy Kennedy starts at the keystone.
Smith will sit against lefty Sean Manaea and the Padres on Tuesday. Smith was close to a true everyday player early in the season but has now been on the bench against the last four southpaws the Diamondbacks have faced. He owns a 61 wRC+ against lefties over the course of his career and a 102 wRC+ against righties, so avoiding same-sided pitching may be good for him.
Smith went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Sunday's 11-7 win over the Tigers. Ketel Marte's continued presence as the designated hitter has cut into Smith's playing time lately. He made a case to get in the lineup more with four hits, all singles, including a go-ahead RBI knock in the sixth inning to spark Arizona's five-run rally. Smith has gone 7-for-16 (.438) in his last four contests, but he's slashing a meager .207/.288/.362 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, 20 runs scored and a stolen base in 64 games overall. Once Marte is able to play at second base, Smith should be able to resume his regular role as the primary DH.
Smith isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers. Smith went 3-for-23 with a homer, three runs, two RBI, two walks and two strikeouts over his last six games, and he'll take a seat for the third time in the last four matchups. Ketel Marte is serving as the designated hitter while Buddy Kennedy starts at the keystone.
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