Astros News: Team Gets Bad Update on Joe Smith Injury

The Houston Astros got bad news with the latest Joe Smith injury update.
The Houston Astros got bad news with the latest Joe Smith injury update. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The 2021 MLB campaign didn't start off exactly as planned for Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith. The veteran reliever struggled after missing the 2020 season, obviously needing some time to work out the rust and get back to his 2019 form.

After seemingly getting back on track, Smith is now headed for a stint on the injured list.

Joe Smith Injury Update

Smith is dealing with "elbow soreness," according to manager Dusty Baker, which is never a great ailment for a pitcher. Hopefully some time off will help the veteran get past the injury and allow him a chance to refresh following a disappointing start to 2021.

So far, Smith sports a 6.23 ERA across 22 appearances this season. He's given up 12 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings pitched. Compare that to 2019, when the veteran allowed just 5 earned runs across 25 innings.

However, Smith has given up just 4 runs since April 22, so he looked to be turning the corner before his injury. Him coming back at 100% and keeping up his recent play would give Houston a boost as it battles in the AL West.

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