You have to wonder if reserve infielder Jason Smith has some dirt on somebody in the Astros’ organization because he still has a job with them despite not even getting on base safely via a walk or a hit yet this season. Smith has played in 16 games for the Astros this season and he is 0 for 20 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. The Astros need to cut Smith loose and get someone on the bench who can contribute with the bat.
UPDATE: The Astros finally came to their senses and they have got rid of Jason Smith. Smith finished up playing in 17 games for the Astros in which he was 0 for 21 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He was designated for assignment. The Astros have recalled righty reliever Alberto Arias to replace him on the roster. Arias pitched in 4 games (3 starts) in AAA so far this season and he was 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Arias has pitched in 22 games (2 starts) in his major league career and he is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Astros hope that Arias will give them some help in the bullpen.
UPDATE II: Somehow Jason Smith got another chance with the Astros but he has now been outrighted to AAA. Why not just release him? Smith played in 21 games for the Astros this season and he was 0 for 25 (.000 avg) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Hopefully this is the last time the Astros call him up! Don’t they have anyone better than him in the minors?