Smith Expected to Join SkySox

May 20, 2009 | 8:02 am | 3  

Left-handed pitcher Greg Smith is expected to be promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs as the next step in his rehab assignment.

Smith made his second start for Hi-A Modesto on Tuesday and is expected to make at least two starts for Colorado Springs before having his situation re-evaluated. He does have three options remaining, which means he could be assigned to the Sky Sox when he is ready to come off the disabled list if the Rockies don’t feel he is ready to be added to their rotation.

Smith worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, in his second start for Modesto. The Nuts eventually lost the game to Visalia, 5-4 in 15 innings. Smith had a 4-1 lead with two out in the sixth and one man on base when he gave up the final three runs.

Smith is recovering from a fatigued left biceps that originally sidelined him during spring training and was compounded by a lengthy bout with the flu, which resulted in a 15-pound weight loss.

Acquired along with Rockies closer Huston Street and outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez from Oakland for Matt Holliday, Smith was considered a rotation candidate at the start of spring training. Solid efforts with the SkySox could open that opporutnity again in light of the struggles of Jason Hammel, whose spot in the Rockies rotation is in line with the days that Smith is working on his rehab assignment.

Hammel saw his record fall to 0-3 in an 8-1 loss at Atlanta on Tuesday. He gave up six runs, three earned, in six innings, but was down 6-1 at the end of three innings.

Smith was 1-0 in two starts at Modesto, allowing six runs, five earned, in 11 2/3 innings. He walked four, all on Tuesday, and struck out eight.

3 Comments »

  • Derrek | May 20, 2009 | 12:17 pm

    I’m anxious to see Smith pitch for the Rox. He appears to be another one of those 5th starter types that “works innings”. Hopefully he exceeds expectations. MLB’s expectations anyways cuz if you ask the Rox his ceiling is huge!

  • Andrew | May 20, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    5 2/3 innings he walked four allowed seven hits and three earned against single A hitting? I’m a little worried.

  • Mike | May 20, 2009 | 2:19 pm

    Well, it was a rehab start. He’s bound to be rusty. And as Tracy wrote, they can always send him to CSprings once he’s off the DL.