HOUSTON (AP) -Philadelphia Phillies reliever Matt Smith will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left throwing elbow on Tuesday, the team announced.
Smith pitched four innings for the Phillies in April, allowing five earned runs in nine appearances. He was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa on April 26. With Ottawa, Smith went 2-1 with one save and a 2.60 ERA. He didn't allow a run in nine straight appearances (9 IP) between May 14 and June 2.
Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek will perform the surgery.
Last season, Smith went 0-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 26 combined appearances with the Phillies and Yankees. He was acquired by the Phillies as part of the trade that sent outfielder Bobby Abreu and right-hander Cory Lidle to the Yankees last July.
In 35 career major-league appearances, Smith is 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA.
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