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Angels | Joe Smith hopes to return Friday

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Joe Smith (side) hopes to return to action Friday, May 9, at the latest, after dealing with tightness in his lower right side. RP Ernesto Frieri will likely handle the ninth-inning duties in Smith's absence. "I'm not worried about it," Smith said. "It's just sore. I didn't feel anything pop or tear or anything like that. I'm not expecting it to be more than a couple-days thing."

Fantasy Tip: Will Smith have the closer job when he comes back, though? Frieri has been pitching much better since his demotion, minus a homer given up Tuesday night. Smith should still be owned, but it's looking like Mike Scioscia may be ready to go back to Frieri for good.

2014-05-07 12:31:02 | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez

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