As the San Francisco Giants prepare for Spring Training, relief pitcher Will Smith had an MRI to take a look at his left elbow. According to Giants reporter, Andrew Baggarly, there was no structural damage found.
Smith was traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline last season. He only pitched 18.1 innings for the Giants in 2016, but he was one of the most effective left handed pitchers for the team last season.
The Giants are expected to back off Smith for at least a week before asking him to pitch again.
Smith was expected to be a key part of a revamped bullpen that saw nine World Series rings leave the team. Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez have all left the team and Smith is being counted on to fill the shoes of some of the best relief pitchers in team history.
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According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, Bochy is confident he’ll be fine for opening day.
Smith and his injury history came with him from Milwaukee last season. In the spirit of Jeremy Affeldt, Will Smith injured his knee while trying to take off his shoe back in March of 2016. Smith wore a brace while pitching in San Francisco last season. He had total of 40.1 innings over 53 games last season.
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