Joe Smith to DL

Joe Smith had hoped to throw off a mound in the Metrodome on Monday as a significant step toward returning from a left knee injury.

Instead, Smith remains back in Cleveland, as the Indians placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Smith, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 29 because of the knee problem, is on the DL for the second time this season. The active roster now stands at 31.

UPDATE: If you were wondering, as I was, why Smith was placed on the DL and Grady Sizemore wasn’t, wonder no more. I’m told Sizemore was, in fact, placed on the DL, but, due to some miscommunication, that move wasn’t officially announced by the club. So the Indians now have four guys on the DL — Smith, Sizemore, Jake Westbrook and Anthony Reyes.

1 Comment

I have a question. What sort of incentive is there to place a guy on the DL in September? Is it required by league rules or something?

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