The 23-year-old, who entered this season as one of Atlanta's top prospects, appeared in 58 games with the Braves before his injury, batting .237/.312/.379. He is projected to open the 2017 season as one of the team's starting outfielders.
Even if Smith can't return to the Braves this season, he could benefit from participating in Minor League action before the offseason, after having his left hand and wrist immobilized in a cast for almost two months.
Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.