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.
Smith (Achilles) went through running drills on the field Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith is still working his way back from offseason Achilles surgery. He remains on target to return in late June or early July.
Smith (Achilles) resumed playing catch about two weeks ago, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
While the activity represents a positive step in Smith's recovery from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, the 35-year-old's timeline to return from the 10-day injured list remains unchanged. The Astros are still optimistic that Smith will be ready for activation at some point in June or July.
The Astros placed Smith (Achilles) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Smith ruptured his left Achilles' tendon over the winter and isn't expected to be ready to make his 2019 debut until around midseason at the earliest. With that in mind, the Astros will likely shift Smith to the 60-day IL at some point down the road when the team needs to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Smith suffered a ruptured left Achilles' tendon while working out last week. He underwent surgery and is expected to miss 6-to-8 months, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Unfortunately, Smith will likely miss at least half of the 2019 season following this injury. The right-hander was a reliable presence in the Astros' bullpen last year, logging a 3.74 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 46 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of relief. Zach Britton went down with the same exact injury a year ago and was able to return to the big leagues in the middle of June, so that timeline demonstrates a best-case scenario for Smith moving forward.
Smith is on the Astros' ALCS roster against Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Smith wasn't on the club's 25-man roster for the ALDS versus Cleveland but will provide a fresh relief arm for Houston in this best-of-seven series. Across 56 appearances this year, he logged a 3.74 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a 9.1 K/9.
Smith pitched a scoreless seventh inning in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox.
Smith has been brilliant since returning from an elbow injury in early July. The right-hander has allowed just two runs, two walks and 12 hits over 22 innings, dropping his ERA from 5.23 to 3.02. He's rarely used in a setup capacity, but is entrusted to duty anywhere between the sixth and eighth innings.
Smith allowed a hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 12-6 win over the White Sox.
This was Smith's second appearance since being activated off the disabled list, both in which he's allowed hits but no runs. Situations don't get much lower-leverage than this, as the 34-year-old mopped up the ninth inning with Houston up by six. Smith's 4.98 ERA brings up the rear of the entire Astros' staff, so he'll need to string together several scoreless outings before being entrusted to high-leverage work.
Smith (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Smith will head back to the Astros' bullpen after partaking in a pair of games at the minor-league level while rehabbing his right elbow injury. Across 23 appearances with Houston this year, he's posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
Smith (elbow) fired a scoreless inning of relief for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday and will rejoin the Astros for a series beginning Tuesday against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This was the second game for Smith while on rehabilitation assignment. He had a 19-pitch outing Friday, when he allowed three singles before stranding the bases loaded. On Sunday, he threw 14 pitches (eight for strikes) and allowed one hit. That was enough to get the side-arming right-hander back to Houston. The Astros cleared a roster spot Sunday by returning Cionel Perez back to Double-A.
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