Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Thursday that Smith won't be a backup option in center field and is viewed primarily as a left fielder, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. "Smitty's most comfortable in left. I think there's a situation where he could play right, but he's not a center field option for me."
Considering that Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini are viewed as the primary options in left and right field, respectively, it's not ideal that Smith isn't trusted to play center, which is normally a requirement for a fourth outfielder. The addition of an extra active roster spot for MLB teams in 2020 along with DJ Stewart's (ankle) ongoing recovery from offseason surgery helps Smith's case for breaking camp with the big club, but the 27-year-old may need to elevate his production at the plate to ensure he keeps a spot in Baltimore all season. He started out hot in 2019 before fading badly in the second half, wrapping up his first year in Baltimore with a .241/.297/.412 slash line (83 wRC+).
Smith is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith will finish the season on the bench for the second consecutive contest. Trey Mancini will start in left field while Renato Nunez takes over at first base.
Smith is not in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox.
He is hitting .261 with one home run and zero steals in 17 games this month. DJ Stewart is starting in left field while Trey Mancini starts in right field.
Smith went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, three RBI and two runs in an 11-4 victory against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
This was Smith's first homer since July 23. The 26-year-old only had two homers in his career prior to this season, but despite the drought, he now has 13 long balls in 99 games this season. The three hits also raise Smith's average to its highest mark since the beginning of July. He is batting .243 with 53 RBI, 46 runs and five steals in 350 at-bats this season.
Smith is starting in left field and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Toronto's starting pitcher (Anthony Kay) was scratched due to a back injury, prompting the Orioles to switch up their starting lineup. Anthony Santander is heading to the bench to make room in the lineup for Smith, who is slashing .229/.270/.314 with two walks and 10 strikeouts since the start of September (14 games).
Smith is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith is slashing .229/.270/.314 with two walks and 10 strikeouts since the start of September (14 games). Stevie Wilkerson is starting in left field in his place.
Smith sits for the second straight day Friday against Seattle, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith has hit .348/.400/.478 over his last eight games. Anthony Santander starts in left field Friday.
Smith is not in Thursday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
A righty (Wilmer Font) is working as the opener for Toronto, but a lefty (Anthony Kay) will work as the primary pitcher, which is why the lefty-hitting Smith will head to the bench. Mark Trumbo is starting at designated hitter, which shifts Renato Nunez to first base and Trey Mancini to the outfield.
Smith is not in the lineup against lefty Tyler Alexander and the Tigers on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith's .239/.292/.412 season slash line isn't exactly impressive, though he does have six hits in his last four starts. Anthony Santander starts in left field Monday.
Smith is not in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers.
He will take a seat with southpaw Daniel Norris starting for Detroit. Mason Williams is starting in left field and batting seventh.
Smith is not in the lineup Thursday against the Dodgers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith will head to the bench for the third time in four games as the Orioles go with an outfield consisting of Anthony Santander, Austin Hays and DJ Stewart in this one. Since the start of September, Smith is 3-for-15 with a double and two RBI in six games.
Smith will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith sat for Sunday's series finale, and following a team off day Monday, he'll remain on the pine. Anthony Santander moves over to left field and will bat third.
Smith is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith hits the bench with lefty Mike Minor starting for Texas. Anthony Santander slides to left field, with Trey Mancini in right.
Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith sticks on the bench for the second consecutive game with Texas sending another southpaw to the mound in Brocke Burke. DJ Stewart, Mason Williams and Anthony Santander will start from left to right in the outfield Friday.
Smith is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Since rejoining the big club at the beginning of September, Smith has gone 0-for-7 with a pair of strikeouts in three games. The Orioles will go with an outfield consisting of Anthony Santander, Stevie Wilkerson and Trey Mancini against left-hander Kolby Allard on Thursday.
The Orioles recalled Smith from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. He'll start in left field and bat seventh in the Orioles' series finale versus the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith will join Baltimore as a September callup after going 13-for-37 with two home runs and 11 RBI in nine games with the Triple-A club following his activation from the injured list and subsequent demotion in August. The 26-year-old previously filled a full-time gig in the Orioles outfield earlier this season, but he won't necessarily be in store for a regular role in the final month of the campaign.
Smith (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
Smith is 7-for-16 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored in his four rehab start, but the 26-year-old will have a longer stay in the minors following his demotion Thursday. Prior to landing on the injured list with a left calf strain, the left-handed-hitting outfielder posted a disappointing .161/.238/.232 triple slash across 63 July plate appearances.
Smith (calf) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Smith had been expected to initiate his rehab assignment over the past weekend, but the Orioles opted to give him a few extra days of rest before clearing him for game action. Because he's been on the shelf nearly three weeks with the left calf strain, Smith will likely need to play multiple games in the minors before the Orioles are comfortable with activating him from the 10-day injured list.
Smith (calf) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
He hit just .161 in 16 games during the month of July before suffering the injury. Once healthy, he will enter the outfield mix, but probably won't play every day.
Smith (calf) will travel with the team in the upcoming week but will not immediately begin a rehab assignment, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Smith is still not close to returning from the calf strain that landed him on the injured list July 30. While it was always expected he'd need more than the minimum 10 days, Smith's timeline has been slowed further.
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