Smith made his major league debut during the 2017 season. He pitched nine games (18.2 innings) for the Yankees, over which he allowed 16 runs on 21 hits and 10 walks. Of those 21 hits, four were home runs. However, he's shown more promise in the minors. Over 18 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017, 17 of which were starts, he posted a 2.39 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a viral infection.
Smith remains without a timetable for his return, but the move is retroactive to Sept. 13, so he'll be eligible for activation next weekend should he be ready. The 26-year-old southpaw owns an unsightly 7.71 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 18.2 big-league innings this season.
Smith was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
Smith had been sent back to Triple-A just four days earlier, but he'll be eligible to return to the big leagues sooner than expected after the Yankees placed outfielder Aaron Hicks (oblique) on the 10-day disabled list Sunday in a corresponding move. Though he had previously made two starts for the Yankees this season, Smith will be in store for mop-up work out of the bullpen in his latest stint in the majors.
Smith was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Wednesday's doubleheader against the Indians.
Smith tossed 3.2 innings in Game 2 of the doubleheader, making him unavailable to pitch for a couple of days, so the Yankees will send him back to the minors to free up a roster spot. He allowed three runs on two homers and two walks Wednesday, raising his ERA to an unsightly 6.11 on the season. He could be back once rosters expand in September, but he likely won't see anything other than low-leverage situations when he returns.
Smith was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
The Yankees suffered yet another injury to their rotation Monday when Luis Cessa departed his start against the Mets with a rib-cage issue that ultimately required a DL stint, resulting in Smith's second promotion to the big club in three days. Cessa wasn't expected to stick around in the rotation for long with CC Sabathia (knee) closing in on a return from the DL and Masahiro Tanaka (shoulder) not far behind either, but Smith could still be an option to fill a starting role Saturday against the Red Sox, provided he goes unused out of the bullpen in the team's next four contests. Sabathia still seems like the best bet to pick up the Saturday start, however, as he completed a bullpen session Monday without issue and doesn't anticipate that he'll need a rehab assignment before being activated.
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