Smith (quad) still has enough discomfort to prevent him from running, and is unsure if he will be able to play in a game before the end of spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
He essentially has no chance to break camp in the big leagues, so look for him to spend the first month or two of the season knocking any rust off and working on improving his conditioning at Triple-A. Adrian Gonzalez will start at first base for the Mets against righties, while Wilmer Flores and Todd Frazier also serve as options there early in the season.
Smith (quad) is now expected to begin the season in the minors, Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News reports.
The Mets brought in veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to push Smith and motivate him, but instead the 22-year-old prospect has effectively taken himself out of the running with his inability to get healthy this spring. "He hadn't been competing, so no, really not a competition right now," manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday. Smith still figures in the organization's long-term plans, but even if he's 100 percent by Opening Day it looks like he'll need to regroup down at Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the season before getting another chance in the majors.
Smith (quadriceps) will have a tough time getting up to speed by Opening Day, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Smith has been out with a strained right quadriceps since February 25th, but has been jogging and taking batting practice and appears ready to take the field again soon. Contrary to previous reports, he's still considered day-to-day and won't necessarily be ready to go by Sunday. If he's not fully healthy by Opening Day, Adrian Gonzalez will win the first base battle by default, though Smith could still become the primary starter at some point later in the season.
Smith (quadriceps) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action against the Astros on Sunday, Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reports.
Smith has been sidelined with a strained right quadriceps since Feb. 25, but he appears to be nearing full health after participating in batting drills over the past week. The first baseman has only been able to compete in one spring game thus far, registering just one at-bat, so these next couple weeks will be crucial in showing the organization that he deserves the starting gig at first base over Adrian Gonzalez.
Smith (quadriceps) has been swinging freely since Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The first base prospect got through a full batting practice session Tuesday without issue, so it seems like he's nearing a return to game action. No word has come forth as to exactly when he'll re-enter Grapefruit League action, but more information should emerge as he ramps up his activity even further.
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|2014||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||126||461||52||125||26||1||1||44||51||77||5||4||.344||.338||.271|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||118||456||58||139||33||0||6||79||35||75||2||1||.354||.417||.305|
|2017||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||114||457||77||151||34||2||16||76||39||87||1||1||.386||.519||.330|