Joe Smith
RP HOU
1 month ago

Smith is on the Astros' ALCS roster against Boston, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith wasn't on the club's 25-man roster for the ALDS versus Cleveland but will provide an additional relief arm for Houston in this best-of-seven series. Across 56 appearances this year, he logged a 3.74 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with a 9.1 K/9.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
2 months ago

Smith pitched a scoreless seventh inning in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Smith has been brilliant since returning from an elbow injury in early July. The right-hander has allowed just two runs, two walks and 12 hits over 22 innings, dropping his ERA from 5.23 to 3.02. He's rarely used in a setup capacity, but is entrusted to duty anywhere between the sixth and eighth innings.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
4 months ago

Smith allowed a hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 12-6 win over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

This was Smith's second appearance since being activated off the disabled list, both in which he's allowed hits but no runs. Situations don't get much lower leverage than this, as the 34-year-old mopped up the ninth inning with Houston up by six. Smith's 4.98 ERA brings up the rear of the entire Astros' staff, so he'll need to string together several scoreless outings before being entrusted to high-leverage work.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith will head back to the Astros' bullpen after partaking in a pair of games at the minor-league level while rehabbing his right elbow injury. Across 23 appearances with Houston this year, he's posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) fired a scoreless inning of relief for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday and will rejoin the Astros for a series beginning Tuesday against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was the second game for Smith while on rehabilitation assignment. He had a 19-pitch outing Friday, when he allowed three singles before an stranding the bases loaded. On Sunday, he threw 14 pitches (eight for strikes) and allowed one hit. That was enough to get the side-arming right-hander back to Houston. The Astros cleared a roster spot Sunday by returning Cionel Perez back to Double-A.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) allowed three hits and struck one in a scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Smith required 19 pitches and loaded the bases on three singles before an inning-ending strikeout stranded the bases loaded. From a pitch count standpoint, the right-handed reliever got in plenty of work in what was the first game of his rehabilitation assignment. The Astros' decision-makers will gather and determine if Smith needs another outing in the minors. If not activated this weekend, Smith is expected to be with Houston for its two-game series against Texas, which begins Tuesday.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) will embark on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Astros have not commented on the length of Smith's rehab assignment but it seems reasonable that he will be back in Houston's bullpen later on this weekend Tampa Bay, though the most likely scenario is that Smith will join the team in Arlington prior to Tuesday's game. Over 23 appearances this year, he's posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with a 20:7 K:BB across 19.2 innings.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) threw a bullpen session Sunday, his first since going on the disabled list June 10, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith tested the right elbow by throwing 30 pitches during the session. Given there's not setback, the side-arming right-hander will throw another bullpen some time this week before heading out on a rehabilitation assignment.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Smith (elbow) played catch Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith threw for the first time since landing on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, although manager A.J. Hinch stated Smith is "probably a homestead away" from returning to action. He's struggled out of the bullpen through 23 appearances this season, posting a 5.49 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 19.2 innings.

Joe Smith
RP HOU
5 months ago

Updating a previous report, Smith (elbow) remains on the disabled list, but has rejoined the Astros and will hopefully begin throwing soon, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith said his inflamed right elbow is "feeling great" is pain-free. Manager A.J. Hinch is targeting Smith to begin a throwing program by end of the current series in Kansas City or the beginning of Houston's upcoming 10-game homestand that kicks off Monday. Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 7.