Joe Smith
RP CHC
3 months ago

Smith (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

After completing a rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa, Smith will join the Cubs after spending only the minimum 15 days on the DL. Coincidentally, his return lines up with roster expansion, so the Cubs are able to activate him without a corresponding move. Smith figures to play a key role down the stretch as a late-inning reliever.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
3 months ago

Smith (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs have not outlined a clear plan for Smith's rehab but it would seem he has a chance to return when eligible, which just happens to be Sept. 1 when rosters expand. Smith allowed three home runs in his first six appearances with the Cubs (spanning 3.2 innings), but he will likely play a prominent role down the stretch as part of the bridge to closer Aroldis Chapman.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
4 months ago

Smith was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a left hamstring strain, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith threw 16 pitches in Tuesday's win over the Brewers but came away with a tweaked hamstring. A subsequent evaluation revealed the strain, and the right-hander will now be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks. The Cubs are yet to announce a corresponding move, but they may simply opt to keep Trevor Cahill, who came up to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, on the major league roster for now.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
4 months ago

Smith pitched one inning against the Cardinals on Friday, striking out one and giving up a solo homer.

EDGE Analysis

Though Strop could step into the setup role vacated by Pedro Strop (knee), he hasn't pitched particularly well since coming over from the Angels at the trade deadline. In four appearances with the Cubs, he's given up five hits, two walks, and two runs - both on solo shots - and has struck out just one. The Cubs might be better off giving the seventh inning to Justin Grimm, Mike Montgomery, or Travis Wood.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
4 months ago

Smith has been traded from the Angels to the Cubs, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith has pitched well lately for the Angels, posting a 1.93 ERA in his last 9.1 innings. The Cubs have addressed their bullpen need, acquiring Aroldis Chapman, Mike Montgomery and now Smith over the past couple of weeks. It's unclear what the Cubs will be sending to the Angels in this deal.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
4 months ago

Smith was unavailable to pitch Monday because of back tightness, but manager Mike Scoscia says he should be fine, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith just returned from a DL stint due to a hamstring injury, but there doesn't seem to be any reason for concern here. The veteran reliever has been used regularly out of the bullpen and is posting a 5.00 ERA this month.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
5 months ago

Smith is not expected to immediately resume his role as the Angels' setup man, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was activated from the DL on Friday after missing three weeks with a hamstring issue. His relative success in high-leverage spots led some to think he would return to setup duty immediately upon activation, but it sounds like Smith will have to work his way back into the later innings. Manager Mike Scioscia suggested a combination of players will help bridge the gap to Huston Street, but he mentioned Cam Bedrosian specifically.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
5 months ago

Smith (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The hamstring injury cost Smith more than three weeks, but he's been cleared to return following a brief rehab assignment. Smith breezed through his two minor league appearances, recording six outs in total on 16 pitches, although he was pitching for the High-A affiliate. Regardless, Smith figures to immediately resume his role as the primary setup option to closer Huston Street, who is on shaky ground following yet another poor outing Wednesday.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
5 months ago

Smith (hamstring) will make a rehab appearance with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday, Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was able to pitch through a bout of left hamstring soreness for a few weeks, but Smith ultimately hit the DL in early June when the discomfort became too much. Smith now appears to be inching closer to a return and he may very well step back into the setup role immediately upon activation. Huston Street, the Angels' closer, has more walks than strikeouts this year and has blown two of his last three save chances.

Joe Smith
RP CHC
6 months ago

Smith (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

While he's on his way to returning to action, Smith has yet to do fielding and agility drills. A specific return date has yet to be set and will be pending his mobility from the mound.