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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wright State
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he'll probably use Joe Smith (ankle) as his closer or in the eighth inning "to get out of something."
Smith made big strides with his sprained left ankle the last few days and will be available out of the bullpen starting on Wednesday. With Huston Street (groin) done for the regular season, Smith is the obvious option to step in as the closer as long as he's healthy. He should be scooped up in fantasy leagues if you're hoping for a couple extra saves down the stretch. Sep 30 - 10:05 AM

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Joe Smith (ankle) expects to be available to pitch Wednesday.

Smith threw a 17-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and also went through fielding drills with no issues. He's been sidelined since September 17 with a sprained left ankle but now could see some save chances with Huston Street (groin) out of commission.
Sep 29 - 6:37 PM

Joe Smith (ankle) did fielding drills Tuesday without issue.

Smith is on track to return to the Angels' bullpen later this week and could even grab a save or two before the regular season is through. Huston Street is out with a groin injury and the Angels are currently employing a committee at closer. Smith has been sidelined since September 17 with a sprained left ankle.
Sep 29 - 5:56 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Monday that Joe Smith (ankle) could return later this week.

The feeling Sunday was that Smith was done for the regular season, but the reliever has evidently made rapid progress over the last 24 hours. "We're much more optimistic than we were even yesterday," Scioscia said. Smith has said that he's confident he'll be back this week and he could receive some save chances with Huston Street (groin) sidelined.
Sep 28 - 7:34 PM

Joe Smith (ankle) is not expected to return before the end of the regular season.

Smith is experimenting with different cleats to see which ones give him the most support for his left ankle, and he will throw off the slope of the mound Sunday. However, he's looking like a long shot this week. The Angels' bullpen is in bad shape with Huston Street (groin) also on the shelf.
Sep 27 - 2:11 PM

Joe Smith (ankle) has been able to play catch the last two days.

Smith is experimenting with different cleats to see which ones give him the most support. He's hoping to make it back by the end of the year but the clock is ticking. The good news is that he's no longer walking on crutches. Smith usually serves as the bridge to closer Huston Street but Fernando Salas and Jose Alvarez have been filling that role in his absence.
Sep 26 - 10:40 PM

An MRI has confirmed that Joe Smith is dealing with a sprained left ankle.

It doesn't change anything as far as Smith's timetable, which is up in the air. The setup man figures to be used sparingly, if at all, over the final two weeks.
Sep 21 - 11:36 PM

Joe Smith will undergo an MRI on his ailing left ankle.

Smith injured himself a few days ago when he tripped down some steps. There's no timetable for his return but more should be known once the test results come back.
Sep 21 - 6:07 PM

Joe Smith wasn't available Saturday against the Twins because of a sprained left ankle.

Smith was using crutches and a boot to walk around on Saturday after tripping down some steps. He'll undergo further testing in the next few days. Smith has spent most of this year as the bridge to closer Huston Street. It would be a big loss for the Angels' bullpen if he isn't available down the stretch.
Sep 19 - 10:55 PM

Joe Smith wrapped up Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Mariners to earn his third save.

Smith was filling in for Huston Street, who had the flu. Smith racked up three strikeouts, working around a meager two-out single. The right-hander has a 3.63 ERA with a 53/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. Street should continue handling save situations the rest of the way.
Sep 16 - 1:03 AM

Joe Smith recorded the final four outs of the Angels' 7-3 win in the second game of Monday's doubleheader, earning his first save of the season.

Regular closer Huston Street has been battling a groin injury, so manager Mike Scioscia called on Smith to get the final four outs. He faced runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth inning, but got Hanley Ramirez to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. In the ninth, he got a pop out, a strikeout, and a ground out to end the threat. It doesn't sound like Street should miss much more time, so Smith shouldn't see many more save opportunities going forward.
Jul 21 - 1:05 AM

Joe Smith (neck) tossed a scoreless inning in his return to action Sunday versus the Tigers.

Smith had been bothered by a knot in his neck, but it's obviously no big deal. The veteran setup man owns a 3.57 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 23/6 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings this season. He has already racked up 14 holds.
Jun 1 - 8:36 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted after Friday's game that Joe Smith was unavailable due to a knot in his neck.

While the issue isn't believed to be serious, it does affect his delivery and Smith is receiving treatment for it. He should return to game action at some point over the weekend. The 31-year-old hurler boasts a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 22/6 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings on the season.
May 30 - 8:31 AM

Joe Smith (leg) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Monday afternoon against the Rangers.

Smith has been bothered by some lower leg soreness. He still has ample time to get ready for the season.
Mar 16 - 1:40 PM

Joe Smith (leg) will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday or Monday.

Smith has been slowed by some leg stiffness, but it was never a big concern. He still has plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 13 - 1:19 PM

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2Joe Smith
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