OAKLAND, Calif. – Former Lipscomb baseball standout pitcher Josh Smith was promoted by the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The right-hander was called up from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in a corresponding move to Sean Doolittle being placed on the disabled list.
Oakland claimed Smith off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds in November. He appeared in 41 games and made nine starts over the last two seasons in the majors after the Reds first called him up in 2015.
In his Major League Baseball career, Smith is 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA in 92.1 innings. He has recorded 78 punch outs, including a career high 48 in 2016.
Prior to heading to the Bay Area, the 29-year old hurler worked in nine games with the Sounds where he posted a 2-0 record and a 3.29 ERA. In 13.2 innings he struck out 21, walked three and held opponents to a .146 batting average against.
Smith was a 21st-round selection by the Reds in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft after finishing fourth in the nation with 124 strikeouts during his senior season in Nashville.
Smith struck out more than 100 batters in each of his final two seasons at Lipscomb and currently stands fifth all-time on the A-Sun career charts with 350 strikeouts.
The A’s are closing out a three-game road series with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday before returning home to face the Detroit Tigers on Friday.