Smith set to rejoin Brewers

Smith set to rejoin Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will activate reliever Will Smith from the Disabled List on Wednesday. The team optioned reliever David Goforth following Tuesday night's 10-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Smith, who tore a ligament in his knee in March, was slated for a return from the 15-day DL on Thursday, manager Craig Counsell said on Monday.

After Goforth pitched in consecutive games and threw 53 pitches, the Brewers may have opted to activate Smith a day early in order to add another fresh arm for Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals.

Smith appeared in 154 games for Milwaukee over the past two seasons and owned a 2.70 ERA in 2015. He was named co-closer along with Jeremy Jeffress before suffering his injury while taking off a shoe in Spring Training.

Counsell said on Monday that he would prefer to ease Smith into his role in the bullpen, but is open to using him in high-leverage situations if the need arises.

"Like any guy coming off an injury, like any guy the first week of the season, that's how I treat it," Counsell said.

Goforth gave up four runs while only recording one out in Tuesday's loss.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.