Drew Smith Headed Back To NY For Elbow Evaluation

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New York Mets right-handed reliever Drew Smith is heading back to New York to undergo evaluation on what Tim Britton of The Athletic categorized as “right elbow soreness”.

Smith, 25, had been performing well during Spring Training, owning a flawless 0.00 earned-run average over his first four Grapefruit League appearances (four innings) with four strikeouts and three walks.

The former third-round draft pick of the Tigers (2015) came to the Mets in the trade that sent Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays in July 2017. Over 25 relief appearances between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2018, Smith pitched to a 2.68 ERA with 1.108 WHIP, and 8.8 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per nine innings.

Over 27 appearances for the Mets last season (28 innings), the right-hander had a 3.54 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 5.79 strikeouts and 1.93 walks per nine, 1.43 WHIP, and just 0.64 home runs allowed per nine.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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