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Will Smith | Relief Pitcher | #13

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 265
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Gulf Coast (FL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 7 (0) / LAA
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Will Smith (knee) will ramp up his activity next week.
It's been nearly six weeks since he tore his right LCL. Smith will meet with doctors soon to decide if he'll require surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of the year. He was expected to compete with Jeremy Jeffress for closer duties this season but now Jeffress has the gig all to himself. Apr 30 - 8:13 PM

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Brewers placed RHP Will Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a torn LCL in his right knee.

Well at least it isn't the 60-day DL. Smith is hoping to avoid surgery but only time will tell if that's realistic. Smith was expected to share the closer role with Jeremy Jeffress but now Jeffress has the job all to himself.
Apr 2 - 11:38 PM

Will Smith will attempt to rehab the torn LCL in his right knee.

Smith will rest for three weeks before ramping up his throwing program by playing catch. If he doesn't show enough progress in six weeks, he'll undergo surgery which would likely leave him sidelined for most or all of the season. Either way, he's in line for a lengthy absence. Jeremy Jeffress should get a chance to run away with the Brewers' closer job.
Mar 29 - 12:19 PM

Will Smith has been diagnosed with a torn LCL in his right knee.

He is currently waiting to see the team doctor who will decide whether he'll need surgery or if it will just require rest and rehab. Either way, he's looking at an extended stint on the disabled list which is unfortunate as he was slated to enter the season as the club's closer. Jeremy Jeffress should now be considered the favorite for the ninth-inning gig in Milwaukee, though Corey Knebel could also seize the opportunity.
Mar 26 - 11:22 AM

Will Smith arrived to the Brewers clubhouse on Saturday on crutches and with his leg in an immobilizer.

Smith had his knee checked out on Friday after it swelled up after Thursday's outing. The Brewers are likely to provide an update on his status later in the day, but his availability for the start of the season appears to be in serious doubt. Jeremy Jeffress would be the most likely candidate to close for the Brewers if Smith is unavailable.
Mar 26 - 11:13 AM

Will Smith will have his right knee checked out on Friday.

The knee swelled up on Smith after he pitched Thursday and he had it wrapped on Friday. Brewers manager Craig Counsell admitted that there is some cause for concern, but we'll know more after he gets examined. Smith has arguably looked like the favorite to close for the Brew Crew this spring, but this could open the door for Jeremy Jeffress.
Mar 25 - 12:53 PM

Will Smith tossed another scoreless inning in Monday's win over the Angels.

Smith issued a walk but also recorded a strikeout. The left-hander has now been unscored upon in seven appearances this spring, striking out five batters. Brewers manager Craig Counsell has said that he doesn't intend to name a closer, but Smith has emphatically stated his ninth-inning case. His chief competitor, Jeremy Jeffress, has thrown just one frame this spring while battling a hamstring issue.
Mar 21 - 7:36 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Wednesday that he doesn't intend to name a set closer before Opening Day.

After the rebuilding Brewers traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers over the winter, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress (hamstring) were expected to compete for the job this spring. However, Counsell appears content to go into the year with a committee approach based on matchups. Assuming Jeffress bounces back OK from his recent hamstring issue, the plan calls for him to share the job with Smith. One could eventually emerge as the set closer from there. It's not the ideal scenario for fantasy owners, but giving Smith some saves could make him more attractive as an eventual trade chip.
Mar 16 - 1:04 PM

Brewers and LHP Will Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.475 contract.

He nearly triples his salary from last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Smith, who posted a 2.70 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings, could be in the mix for saves in 2016 with K-Rod no longer around.
Jan 15 - 11:47 AM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that teams have asked the Brewers about Will Smith.

Haudricourt doubts that the Brewers will deal the reliever, but it's possible they'll be bowled over by an offer. Smith has a 1.80 ERA with 47 strikeouts over 35 innings this season and is under team control through 2019, so he wouldn't come cheaply.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Will Smith's suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm has been reduced from eight to six games.

Smith will begin serving the suspension Friday and will be back in the Brewers' bullpen next week. The Orioles' Brian Matusz received the same eight-game ban just after Smith and will also presumably get his reduced to six contests.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Will Smith has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game in Atlanta.

It seems like a pretty harsh ruling. Smith has officially appealed the suspension and might be able to get it reduced a bit. He will be allowed to continue pitching in the meantime.
Fri, May 22, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Braves for having a foreign substance on his right forearm.

Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez asked the umpires to check the left-handed reliever and it appears that they found something illegal on his arm that he was using to doctor the baseball. It's unclear what that substance may have been and what/if any punishment he may face from the league.
Thu, May 21, 2015 09:13:00 PM

Will Smith (back) is available out of the Brewers' bullpen Sunday.

Smith has dealt with a back issue in recent days but is past them now. He's struggled recently with nine runs allowed over his last five appearances.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Will Smith was unavailable for Friday's game against the Nationals due to back spasms.

Manager Ron Roenicke didn't sound overly concerned about the injury, so consider the hard-throwing southpaw day-to-day.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Colin Walsh
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Yadiel Rivera
3B1Aaron Hill
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Ramon Flores
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
3Alex Presley
RF1Domingo Santana
2Michael Reed
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Wily Peralta
3Matt Garza
4Chase Anderson
5Zach Davies
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Corey Knebel
4Michael Blazek
5Tyler Thornburg
6Sam Freeman
7Yhonathan Barrios
8Carlos Torres
9Sean Nolin
10Zack Jones
11Blaine Boyer
12Chris Capuano
13David Goforth