Smith set down all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of Thursday's 1-0 loss to Seattle.
Smith had an encouraging series against the Mariners, appearing in two of the four games while picking up a win over two scoreless innings. After a stretch of three consecutive scoreless outings, Smith's ERA is below 10.00 (9.39) for the first time since April 5.
Smith (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win over Seattle on Wednesday.
Smith hasn't pitched well this season, but he was the pitcher of record when the Astros sent four runners across home plate in the bottom of the eighth inning to wrest a win from the Mariners. He fanned the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to Dylan Moore, who was then picked off. It was the second straight scoreless outing for Smith, lowering his ERA to 10.80.
Smith (0-1) took the loss Monday after allowing three runs on two hits and a hit batsman against the Angels.
Charged with protecting a two-run lead in the eighth inning, Smith couldn't retire any of the three batters he faced. He hit the third hitter, Shohei Ohtani, which prompted a stare down from the two-way star, but the situation fortunately didn't escalate. Smith departed after that, leaving a mess for Blake Taylor, who could not prevent the potent Angels from taking the lead.
Smith allowed two hits and struck out one over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 8-1 win over the Athletics.
Smith began warming up in preparation for the eighth inning when Houston was still clinging to a 3-1 lead. That's an indication that he will be the primary setup option for closer Ryan Pressly. The Astros never needed Pressly, because they plated two runs in the top of the eighth and another three in the ninth to win going away.
Smith has appeared in three spring games, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three over three innings.
Smith, who opted out of the 2020 season, returns to a bullpen that had many moving parts in the pandemic-shortened season. The side-arming veteran should add stability and is expected to be part of the setup crew for closer Ryan Pressly. Non-roster invitee Steve Cishek is also expected to pitch in the final third of games.
The Astros placed Smith (personal) on the restricted list Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Smith has yet to report to summer camp while tending to a personal matter, and the 36-year-old is apparently still weighing whether or not he even wants to play in 2020 due to concerns about the health and safety of his family. The Astros' decision to place Smith on the restricted list is merely a means of roster management while the team waits for him to decide on his status for the season.
Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Smith wasn't present due to "concerns about the health and safety of his family," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's unclear if Smith has specific concerns to be addressed or is simply wary of playing amid the pandemic, though to this point he's made no statement about opting out. The right-hander made 28 appearances out of the Houston bullpen in 2019, logging a 1.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 22:5 K:BB in 25 innings, but his status for 2020 is now up in the air.
Smith is expected to serve as a bridge to closer Roberto Osuna in the Astros' bullpen, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. He's allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two over 4.1 spring innings.
An Achilles injury delayed Smith's 2019 season and limited him to 28 appearances over the second half. The side-arming right-hander was dominant once healthy, pitching to a 1.80 ERA over 25 innings, and earned a two-year contract extension. He and Ryan Pressly will set up Osuna.
Smith signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Astros on Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
An Achilles injury limited the 35-year-old to just 25 innings last season, but he looked quite good when available. He finished the year with a 1.80 ERA, a 22.9 percent strikeout rate and a 5.2 percent walk rate.
Smith (Achilles) was activated from the 60-day injured list prior to Friday's game against the Rangers, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
He has not pitched in the majors since last year's ALCS due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, but is set to rejoin the 25-man roster. Look for him to pitch in mid-leverage situations.
Smith (Achilles) could be activated from the 60-day injured list over the weekend, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Though nothing is set in stone just yet, the Astros will evaluate Smith over the next few days to determine whether he's ready to come off the shelf. The right-hander has been out of commission since undergoing surgery in December of 2018 due to a ruptured left Achilles' tendon.
Smith (Achilles) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
This move is simply procedural. The Astros needed to free up a 40-man spot for Cy Sneed, whose contract was selected from the minors on Thursday, and Smith has already spent more than 60 days on the shelf. Smith is currently on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock but isn't expected to rejoin the Astros until after the All-Star break.
The Astros don't expect Smith (Achilles) to be ready to return from the 60-day injured list until after the All-Star break, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Smith isn't dealing with any sort of setback in his recovery from Achilles surgery, but the Astros apparently want him to turn in several appearances in the minors after the injury prevented him from building up his arm in spring training. The right-hander began his rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on a promising note last weekend, striking out the side in his first appearance.
Smith (Achilles) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith emerged pain-free from a live batting practice session earlier in the week, clearing the way for him to begin a rehab stint. The right-hander has been on the shelf all season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles in December, so he'll likely need to make a handful of rehab appearances before being cleared to return.
Smith (Achilles) threw live batting practice Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Smith could be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment in the coming days if he checks out OK. He's been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles in December of 2018, so he figures to require a lengthy rehab stint before returning.
Smith (Achilles) is slated to throw one more bullpen session early next week before embarking on a rehab assignment, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith will join the team in Cincinnati to toss one last bullpen session, and if all goes well, he'll be sent out on a rehab stint. The right-hander is expected to require a lengthy minor-league assignment, considering he's been out of commission since undergoing surgery on his Achilles in December of 2018.
Smith (Achilles) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session this weekend, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
Smith had been limited to throwing bullpen sessions over the previous three weeks, so the fact that he'll be facing hitters over the weekend represents a step forward in his recovery from Achilles surgery. If Smith responds well to the activity, he could soon be cleared to pitch in simulated games at extended spring training.
Manager AJ Hinch said Sunday that Smith (Achilles) will throw another bullpen session within the next few days, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Smith first resumed throwing off a mound in mid-May, so he's still roughly in a holding pattern with regards to his recovery from the ruptured left Achilles' tendon he sustained back in December. While Smith will need to gradually build up his arm again after the long layoff, the Astros' main concern at this stage is how well the right-hander is able to field his position coming off the serious injury. Until the Astros are comfortable with how he's moving laterally, Smith probably won't be cleared to test himself in a simulated or rehab-game setting.
Smith (Achilles) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Smith ruptured his left Achilles in December and is still awhile away from returning to game action. He's expected to face hitters at the Astros' spring training complex soon.
Smith threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith tossed 20 pitches and reportedly felt good following his throwing session. "I feel like it's February," Smith said. "I feel good. I feel like my body is free. I feel like I'm moving great. I don't feel like my left foot is jamming me up at all." The right-hander is scheduled for another bullpen later in the week and could face live hitters in the near future if that goes well.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/10||vs LAA||L 4-5||0.2||1||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs TOR||L 4-8||0.2||1||1||0||1|
|05/05||@ NYY||L 3-6||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/04||@ NYY||L 3-7||1.0||2||0||1||1|
|04/29||vs SEA||L 0-1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/28||vs SEA||W 7-5||1||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/22||vs LAA||W 8-2||0.2||2||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||2.0||2||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0.00||0.000|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||2.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||4||0.00||2.000|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||2.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||4||13.50||2.000|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||4.0||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||1||1||0.00||0.500|