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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wright State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.
Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth. Jul 28 - 9:25 PM

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap.
Jul 28 - 9:24 AM

Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday.
Jul 25 - 11:43 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount.
Jul 22 - 12:40 PM

Angels activated RHP Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith missed nearly a month of action with a hamstring injury. He'll return to a setup role.
Jul 1 - 3:53 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) tossed a perfect inning Sunday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Inland Empire.

Smith, out since June 4 with a lingering hamstring injury, struck out one batter and needed just eight pitches to get through the inning. He's slated to make another appearance on Wednesday before rejoining the Angels.
Jun 27 - 11:22 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday.

Smith is close to returning from a strained hamstring he suffered in early June. If all goes well, Smith should be back in the Angels' pen sometime next week. He'll serve as the bridge to closer Huston Street.
Jun 25 - 8:01 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Sunday.

He's hoping to be activated for the start of the Angels' 10-game road trip that begins on July 1. Smith threw off a mound on Thursday for the second time since straining his left hamstring earlier this month. The right-hander will return to a setup role ahead of closer Huston Street.
Jun 23 - 11:03 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) is expected to throw a bullpen session in the next day or two.

Smith was placed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a nagging left hamstring injury, but he's finally feeling some improvement. There's no clear timetable for his return, but he could progress quickly if he feels good this week.
Jun 20 - 8:52 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

He is making progress, though, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "It’s calmed down a little bit," Scioscia said. "They have a better idea of what they are dealing with. We are hoping shortly he’ll turn the corner on this."
Jun 17 - 10:53 AM

Angels placed RHP Jose Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Smith acknowledged over the weekend that he's been dealing with hamstring discomfort for over 2 1/2 weeks, and the Angels will finally get him some extended rest. He filled in admirably at closer while Huston Street was sidelined and holds a 3.91 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings this season. It shouldn't be too long of an absence.
Jun 7 - 3:51 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) is unavailable for Monday's game against the Yankees.

Smith recently revealed that he has been dealing with hamstring discomfort for the past two and a half weeks, but hoped to avoid a stint on the disabled list. The Angels will soon face a decision on the matter.
Jun 6 - 5:01 PM

Joe Smith admitted Saturday that he has been dealing with hamstring discomfort for the past 2 1/2 weeks, but is determined not to land on the disabled list.

Smith filled in admirably while Huston Street was sidelined earlier in the season, but has struggled a bit in recent weeks. For the season, he sports a 3.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings.
Jun 4 - 8:17 PM

Joe Smith issued a walk but hung on to capture his sixth save of the season in Monday's win over the Rangers.

Protecting a two-run lead, Smith walked Elvis Andrus to lead off the ninth inning, but he got a couple flyouts and a strikeout to end it. It was a nice bounce-back showing after Smith gave up a three-run homer in a blown save over the weekend. Huston Street (hamstring) is due back soon, but Smith will continue to close for the Halos until then.
May 23 - 11:47 PM

Joe Smith surrendered a three-run home run to Matt Wieters in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles.

The Angels were on the verge of picking up a beautifully pitched 1-0 win when Smith came on for the ninth inning save. After he recorded the first two outs without issue, matters escalated at alarming speeds. Chris Davis started the comeback with a single. Smith, himself, then helped out matters for the O's by walking Mark Trumbo. After the walk, the closer looked visibly frustrated with himself and drew a mound visit from catcher Jett Bandy. Said meeting did not help, as Matt Wieters proceeded to rock a three-run homer deep into the California night. This was Smith's second blown save of the season. Huston Street is expected to be ready to return from his oblique injury and retake the ninth inning by early June.
May 22 - 1:24 AM

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2Jett Bandy
3Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2Ji-Man Choi
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Gregorio Petit
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Daniel Nava
2Craig Gentry
3Shane Robinson
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Hector Santiago
3Matt Shoemaker
4Nick Tropeano
5Tim Lincecum
6C.J. Wilson
7Andrew Heaney
8Garrett Richards
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Cam Bedrosian
5Jhoulys Chacin
6Cory Rasmus
7J.C. Ramirez
8Deolis Guerra
9Jose Alvarez