Receiving a demotion of any sort is never an easy pill to swallow. Columbus Clippers southpaw Matt…
Smith, Bend But Don't Break
Matt Smith, 27, was recalled to New York for the first time on April 14th and made his Major League debut at Minnesota, retiring the only batter he faced. That hitter just happened to be American League batting leader Joe Mauer. In three stints with the Yankees, Smith has not allowed an earned run over twelve innings and has nine strikeouts. During his time in Columbus, Smith has not allowed an earned run in 16 of 21 appearances, possessing a 2.28 ERA. With only six earned runs in 24 innings, Smith has been labeled with a "bend but don't break" mentality. The consistency Smith has delivered to the Columbus pitching staff has earned him the right to make multiple trips to the Bronx. Having to make three return trips to the minor leagues can be very lagging and annoying. It is the exact opposite...
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