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Brewers | Will Smith getting closer to return

Fri, 27 May 2016 09:52:05 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) is expected to get in back-to-back outings for Class AAA Colorado Springs before rejoining the major league club. He's already pitched twice for Class A Brevard County.

Fantasy Tip: Smith has been on the DL since tearing his lateral collateral ligament late in spring training, but it looks like he's getting very close to a return. Unfortunately for the hard-throwing southpaw, it doesn't look like he'll get the chance to close, which appeared to be the case before going down with injury, as Jeremy Jeffress has been tremendous in the role. However, he can still be useful in leagues that score holds.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt

Brewers | Will Smith returns to the mound

Tue, 24 May 2016 21:09:30 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) worked a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one, for Class A Brevard County on Tuesday, May 24. It was Smith's first live action since he tore his lateral collateral ligament in late March.

Fantasy Tip: Smith's injury ceded the closer's job to Jeremy Jeffress, who is 12-for-13 in save opportunities, so he'll come back in a setup role. Even with his strikeouts, Smith's short-term value is in leagues that count holds. Long term, though, he's not the worst stash candidate considering he has much nastier stuff than Jeffress.

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Brewers | Will Smith to begin rehab stint

Mon, 23 May 2016 06:15:30 -0700

Updating previous reports, Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) will report to Class A Brevard County Tuesday, May 24, to begin his rehab assignment.

Fantasy Tip: Smith could be back in a couple of weeks, but Jeremy Jeffress has been solid as the closer. Smith could emerge as the next in line, but he's limited to NL-only value right now.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt

Brewers | Will Smith close to returning

Sun, 22 May 2016 07:43:48 -0700

Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) threw a successful bullpen session Saturday, May 21, and is ready to begin a rehab assignment, according to manager Craig Counsell. If all goes well, he should be activated from the disabled list during the first week of June.

Fantasy Tip: Jeremy Jeffress has done nothing to warrant losing the closer's job but a healthy Smith would probably be next in the pecking order to see save opportunities if he falters down the line. Smith posted a 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 12.9 K/9 rate in 2015, so he has some value in fantasy leagues which use the holds category.

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Brewers | Will Smith puts in more work

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:02:45 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) had another round of fielding practice Friday, May 20. He'll throw another bullpen session Saturday, May 21, and could go on a minor league rehab assignment after that.

Fantasy Tip: Jeremy Jeffress has performed well in the closer's role and has just one blown save, so he certainly deserves to stick there, but the Brewers could go in another direction once Smith is ready. Smith was effective with a 2.70 ERA ans 12.9 K/9 in 2015, but he has only one career save to his name. Saves speculators should stash him now.

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Brewers | Will Smith ready for next step

Wed, 18 May 2016 14:55:02 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith's (knee) next step in his return will be throwing live batting practice Saturday, May 21.

Fantasy Tip: Smith proved to be a worthy option in deep leagues last season and posted a 2.70 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 12.9 K/9, especially since he also notched seven wins out of the bullpen. He could also enter the saves conversation for the Brewers this year. Still, he is likely just an arm to monitor at this stage.

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Brewers | Will Smith progressing

Tue, 17 May 2016 15:49:44 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) is moving forward in his rehab program and did fielding drills Tuesday, May 17. He could be close to going on a minor league rehab assignment.

Fantasy Tip: Save chasers take note. Jeremy Jeffress has excelled in the closer role for the Brewers, but Smith could factor into the ninth-inning decision when he's healthy enough to return. Those who own Jeffress would be smart to handcuff Smith to him if he's available on the waiver wire.

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Brewers | Will Smith throws Sunday

Sun, 15 May 2016 09:29:40 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) threw 35 pitches at 100% intensity during a bullpen session Sunday, May 15.

Fantasy Tip: It is uncertain what Smith's role will be in the Milwaukee bullpen once he returns, although it's possible that he could see save opportunities from time to time, given that he was seriously being considered for the closer's role during spring training. If you are desperate for saves, it wouldn't be a bad idea to stash him on your roster now.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Todd Rosiak

Brewers | Will Smith throwing bullpens

Fri, 13 May 2016 15:45:06 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, May 13, and has another session planned in a few days. Smith could then embark on a rehab stint. He plans to wear some sort of brace on his knee for the remainder of the year whenever he pitches.

Fantasy Tip: It's unclear how Milwaukee's bullpen will be situated when Smith is ready to return, but it's not out of the realm of possibility to see Craig Counsell go back to the lefty in the ninth inning, which would bump current closer Jeremy Jeffress into a setup role. Prepare for that possibility if you own Jeffress and add and stash Smith wherever he's available now.

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Brewers | Three Brewers pitchers progressing

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:49:38 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Will Smith (knee) will begin jogging soon, according to manager Craig Counsell. SP Matt Garza (lat) and RP Corey Knebel (oblique) are both "progressing the right way."

Fantasy Tip: All three pitchers are currently on the DL and won't be back for a while. With Jeremy Jeffress looking good in the closer's role, Smith and Knebel have become afterthoughts for Milwaukee's bullpen. Garza is one to watch when he returns in deep mixed leagues, but he's not worth stashing for now.

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