San Francisco Giants reliever Will Smith said Friday he will have Tommy John surgery next week, meaning he will miss the 2017 season.
The left-hander, who was projected to pitch the eighth inning for the Giants this season, made the decision to have the procedure in Los Angeles after consulting with doctors this week. He said he opted to have the procedure over rehab so as to not risk missing even more time.
The Giants acquired Smith, 27, in a trade-deadline deal with the Milwaukee Brewers last season. After starting the 2016 season on the disabled list, he went on to record a 3.35 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 40⅓ innings.
Smith was dominant in 2015, striking out 91 batters in 61⅓ innings.