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August 21, 2020 04:20 AM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Might not return in 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that it will be tough for Smith (forearm) to return this season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Athletics announced Monday that Smith would be shut down for two weeks even though an MRI didn't reveal any structural damage. Melvin's update casts some doubt as to whether Smith will be able to get ready in time to return for the end of the season. More clarity surrounding the situation could come once the right-hander is able to resume throwing.

August 17, 2020 07:36 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Shut down for two more weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (forearm) won't throw for another two weeks, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a forearm injury, and while his MRI showed no ligament damage, the Athletics will shut him down for at least the next 14 days. A timeline for his return should become more clear once he gets the green light to begin a throwing program.

August 16, 2020 05:04 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Athletics placed Smith (forearm) on the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Oakland hasn't provided a timeline for Smith to return from the injury, which can often be a precursor to Tommy John surgery. James Kaprielian was recalled from the Athletics' alternate site and will join the bullpen as a replacement for Smith, who had posted a tidy 2.25 ERA and 0.67 WHIP to go with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings over six appearances.

August 15, 2020 11:00 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Suffers forearm strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith suffered a forearm strain Saturday and is expected to head to the injured list, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Smith struggled in his outing Saturday against San Francisco, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings, and the injury was seemingly part of the problem. He'll undergo an MRI on Monday, at which point his recovery timeline will become clearer.

August 10, 2020 12:56 AM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Dominant three-inning save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith allowed one hit over three scoreless innings to earn the save in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Astros. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.

Smith has been one of the stories of the season so far for Oakland, as he has excelled to the tune of 10 strikeouts and a 0.48 WHIP over 10.1 scoreless innings, earning two wins and now a save. The right-hander was DFA'd by the Giants in February and traded to the A's for cash considerations. He's been with six different big-league organizations.

August 6, 2020 03:24 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Continues dominance Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith fired 3.1 perfect innings in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday, recording four strikeouts.

Smith recorded 10 outs on just 33 pitches, 24 of which he got into the strike zone. The veteran reliever also induced six swinging strikes, and his ability to log multiple quality innings when a starter struggles along the lines of how Sean Manaea did Wednesday makes him an invaluable asset for manager Bob Melvin. Factoring in Wednesday's effort, Smith has now fired 7.1 scoreless frames while allowing just three hits and generating a 6:1 K:BB over four appearances.

July 28, 2020 11:48 AM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Notches second victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (2-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Angels on Monday, allowing one hit over two scoreless innings and recording one strikeout.

The offseason acquisition from across the bay in San Francisco has been nearly perfect early, recording nine outs over a modest 39 pitches across his first two appearances. Smith's ability to work multiple innings -- he started 13 games for the Padres and Royals in 2013 and 2018, respectively, and 75 games during his minor-league career -- already proved valuable Monday, and he could be in for similar usage early in the season as starters' arms are built up.

July 25, 2020 02:56 AM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Earns win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (1-0) earned the win Friday after holding the Angels to one hit and a walk across one inning.

The right-hander came into the 10th inning with the score tied, 3-3. Fortunately, he was able to hold the Angels in place to pick up the win after Matt Olson delivered a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the frame. Smith was solid during spring training, posting a 2.57 ERA and 0.57 WHIP across seven innings.

July 15, 2020 07:12 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Drawing accolades in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recently received praise from both manager Bob Melvin and teammate Franklin Barreto for his work in summer camp, Alex Coffey of The Athletic reports. "He has a good life on his fastball, good command, and he's been very aggressive so far," Barreto said.

Smith similarly impressed during spring training, during which he posted a 2.57 ERA and 0.57 WHIP across seven innings over four appearances. The February trade acquisition from the Giants also displayed excellent control (9:0 K:BB), and Smith's ability to apparently carry that momentum to summer camp certainly helps his case. However, Martin Gallegos of notes that Smith is still a likely "long shot" to make the initial 30-man roster, but that continued strong showings from the right-hander will put him in position to quickly be summoned whenever some bullpen reinforcements are needed during the season.

April 7, 2020 12:08 AM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Impresses after arrival from Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith posted a 2.57 ERA and 0.57 WHIP across seven innings over four Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended.

Smith got plenty of work in -- 45 pitches overall -- before play was paused following his arrival via trade from the Giants on Feb. 15. In addition to the right-hander's impressive numbers cited above, Smith added a sparkling 9:0 K:BB and one hold during his quartet of appearances. Martin Gallegos of reported just before spring training was suspended March 12 that Smith was likely in a battle with fellow right-hander J.B. Wendelken for a bullpen spot, but both players could have a strong chance to stick with the increasing likelihood rosters are expanded to 29 players to start the campaign.

February 15, 2020 11:16 PM
Athletics' Burch Smith: Headed to Athletics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was traded from the Giants to the Athletics on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Smith was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday, but he'll find a new home with the Athletics. The right-hander struggled over 21.1 innings in the majors last season, posting a 5.48 ERA and a 20:14 K:BB during time with the Brewers and Giants.

February 10, 2020 05:04 PM
Giants' Burch Smith: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday.

Smith threw 21.1 innings for the Brewers and Giants last season, posting an unimpressive 5.48 ERA. That figure was still the best of his three big-league seasons, making him an unlikely candidate to be claimed off waivers.

September 1, 2019 04:12 PM
Giants' Burch Smith: Primed for debut with Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

Smith was claimed off waivers from the Brewers in mid-August and is set to make his debut for his new team. The 29-year-old allowed 11 runs on 16 hits with a 14:10 K:BB over 12.2 major-league innings this season.

August 12, 2019 05:16 PM
Giants' Burch Smith: Headed to new organization
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants claimed Smith off waivers from the Brewers on Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Smith posted a 2.33 ERA and 85 strikeouts across 77.1 innings at Triple-A San Antonio this season, but he struggled to find any success across multiple abbreviated stints with Milwaukee, allowing 11 earned runs over 12.2 total frames. Since Smith has a pair of minor-league options remaining, the Giants will stash him at Triple-A Sacramento before potentially giving him another look in the majors later in the season. The Giants designated reliever Ryan Dull for assignment to clear a spot for Smith on the 40-man roster.

August 9, 2019 04:36 PM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Designated for assigment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was designated for assignment Friday.

The Brewers needed to clear a 40-man roster spot in order to purchase Hernan Perez's contract. Smith logged a 1.01 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB in 26.2 innings over his last five starts in the minors, so he may get claimed by another club.

July 24, 2019 10:24 PM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Headed back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Brewers optioned Smith to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday.

Smith served as a mop-up man in Tuesday's 14-6 loss to the Reds, working two innings in relief and giving up five runs on six hits and two walks. Since Smith tossed 52 pitches in the appearance and wasn't likely to be available for at least a couple more days, the Brewers decided to ship him back to the minors and exchange him for a fresh relief arm in Taylor Williams.

July 22, 2019 05:20 PM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Back in big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Monday.

Smith had only just been sent down Saturday but will return to the roster with Brandon Woodruff (oblique) landing on the injured list. With a 5.06 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 10.2 innings for the Brewers this season, Smith is likely ticketed for a low-leverage role.

July 20, 2019 04:40 PM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Sent back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday.

Smith was up for five days in his latest stint in Milwaukee, throwing three scoreless innings. He'll make way for Gio Gonzalez (arm), who returns from the injured list to start against the Diamondbacks.

July 15, 2019 05:08 PM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Back from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Monday.

Smith has pitched 7.2 innings for the Brewers this season, allowing six runs. He has a strong 2.53 ERA in 13 starts for San Antonio, striking out 28.1 percent of opposing batters while walking 12.4 percent. Corbin Burnes (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.

July 7, 2019 10:24 AM
Brewers' Burch Smith: Removed from bullpen mix
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Brewers optioned Smith to Triple-A San Antonio on Sunday.

Milwaukee sent the right-hander reliever back to the farm to make room for shortstop Mauricio Dubon, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Smith was roughed up in his two innings out of the bullpen during Saturday's 12-2 loss, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two.

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