The Indianapolis Indians announced prior to Thursday’s game that veteran left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith has been activated off of the 7-day Injured List. He was placed on the IL on April 11th.
Smith was part of the early season rotation depth for the Pittsburgh Pirates, after failing to make the big league club out of Spring Training as a non-roster invite. The injury to Mike Burrows would have helped the case of Smith, but he too went down after his last start.
Smith made two starts before going on the IL, allowing eight runs over 4.2 innings in his debut, followed by two runs over 4.2 innings on April 7th.
He will need to establish himself as a viable depth option before we could possibly see him in Pittsburgh at any point. He put up decent stats in a bullpen role for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, so that could be a more likely spot if he does see time with the Pirates. He’s made 64 big league starts, but a majority of his big leagues games have come as a reliever.
If any other minor league news comes up today, we will update this article.
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