Smith, who owns a 1-1 record, 5.94 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 24.2 innings, has logged just two appearances since June 26 as the second half of the season begins.
The veteran reliever has been a lot more hittable this season than during an impressive six-appearance debut stint with the Athletics in 2020, and the more frequent stumbles may be starting to cost him some opportunities. Smith has offered some modest fantasy value in deeper formats by notching four holds, but he's also given up multiple earned runs in five appearances and has seen a precipitous drop in strikeout rate from last year's 29.5 percent to 17.1 percent.
Smith (1-1) blew the save and took the loss in Saturday's 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits while recording one out.
Smith entered in the bottom of the 10th to protect a one-run lead and induced a Donovan Solano lineout to start the frame, but he then surrendered a Steven Duggar single and Curt Casali double to lose the game for Oakland. He's now allowed multiple runs in three of his last five appearances and owns a high 5.82 ERA.
Smith allowed four earned runs on three hits and a walk over one inning in a win over the Angels on Monday. He also hit a batter and recorded a strikeout.
Smith created plenty of trouble for himself during his one frame, allowing the Angels to mount a modest comeback from an 8-1 deficit. The stumble was the latest hiccup in what's turning into a rocky season for Smith, as he's now pitched to a 9.64 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 1.9 HR/9 across 9.1 innings in his last eight appearances.
Smith fired a scoreless seventh inning in a loss to the Angels on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk.
The veteran reliever now has back-to-back scoreless appearances after giving up four earned runs over four innings across the three outings immediately preceding the current stretch. Smith retains some modest value in formats that count holds, as he's amassed three of them while also pitching to an impressive 2.93 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across 15.1 innings.
Smith (groin), reinstated from the injured list Saturday, fired two perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the Rays on Sunday.
The right-hander encouragingly got his six outs on just 23 pitches, making it a highly successful return after nearly a month on the injured list. Smith should line up for some consistent later-inning work moving forward and now sports a 1.80 ERA and 0.80 WHIP through five innings (three appearances).
Smith (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Smith made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday and allowed a run on two hits while striking out two in 1.1 innings. He'll now return to the major-league bullpen after Mike Fiers (elbow) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Smith (groin) allowed an earned run on two hits over 1.1 innings in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas against Sacramento on Thursday. He struck out two.
Smith logged a relatively solid workload of 31 pitches, suggesting he's nearing a return to full health after more than a month on the shelf. The right-hander made two appearances for the Athletics before going on the injured list April 6, allowing an earned run on three hits over three innings across two appearances. Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports Smith may be on the verge of activation, with manager Bob Melvin commenting Friday he could be activated "pretty soon."
Smith (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game Saturday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right groin strain April 6, but he's been running and playing long toss in recent weeks. His two-inning sim game Sunday will be a significant step in his recovery, although it's not yet clear when Smith will be able to return to the major-league bullpen.
Smith (groin) has been throwing from 100 feet, Alex Coffey of The Athletic reports.
Smith has been sidelined since April 6 due to a strained right groin. While manager Bob Melvin expects that Smith will be out "for a while" due to the injury, the right-hander has progressed to running and playing long toss recently. Melvin said that he feels as though Smith is starting to get slightly closer to a return, but he still doesn't have a timetable to return to game action.
Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a strained right groin.
He gave up one run while striking out one over three innings in his first two appearances of the season. Jordan Weems was promoted to take Smith's spot in the bullpen. Manager Bob Melvin said Smith will be out "for a while" with the injury, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Smith, who owns a 6.48 ERA across 8.1 Cactus League innings, has made the Opening Day roster, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement that Smith won the final bullpen spot Monday morning, a few hours after the veteran put together his third scoreless relief effort of spring. Smith was touched up for multiple earned runs on two other occasions during Cactus League play and allowed a .351 average to opposing batters overall, but he'll look to regain the consistency that made him a value relief option in 2020 -- over the 12 innings covering his six appearances last season, Smith posted a 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB.
Smith (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Smith missed the second half of the 2020 season due to a forearm strain, but he's now healthy to begin spring training, Matt Kawahara of the Laredo Morning Times reports. He reportedly threw a bullpen session on the first day of camp and will do so again Saturday. Smith recorded a 2.25 ERA and 0.67 WHIP over 12 innings last season.
Smith (forearm) signed a one-year, $705,000 deal with the A's on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Given that he ended the year on the shelf with a forearm strain, this is an encouraging sign, as the A's may have non-tendered Smith if they thought the injury would affect his availability for 2021. He logged a 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings (six appearances) last season.
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.
Smith (forearm) won't throw for another two weeks, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com 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.
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.
Smith suffered a forearm strain Saturday and is expected to head to the injured list, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/06||@ HOU||L 6-9||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|07/01||vs TEX||L 3-8||2.0||3||1||1||1|
|06/26||@ SF||L 5-6||1||0.1||2||1||0||0|
|06/22||@ TEX||W 13-6||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/19||@ NYY||L 5-7||0.2||2||2||1||0|
|06/16||vs LAA||W 8-4||1||1.1||0||0||0||2|
|06/14||vs LAA||W 8-5||1.0||3||4||1||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||128.2||26||26||0||9||6||0||137||27||127||3.86||1.201|
|2013||AA-San Antonio Missions||31.1||6||6||0||1||2||0||37||6||17||1.16||0.740|
|2014||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||5.1||2||2||0||0||2||0||3||5||13||19.41||3.529|
|2017||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||37.0||9||8||0||3||1||0||33||20||26||2.43||1.243|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||77.1||15||15||0||6||3||0||85||37||49||2.33||1.115|
|2019||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||15.0||3||2||0||1||1||0||18||9||16||4.20||1.667|