Mets reliever Drew Smith making serious progress toward return from injury

Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Drew Smith
Mets RHP Drew Smith

Mets reliever Drew Smith, who has been out for the last month due to soreness in his right shoulder, is making serious progress toward a return.

Smith threw a live batting practice session on Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Smith last pitched during spring training on March 13.

He had a strong spring before being shut down, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Smith had Tommy John surgery in May of 2019 and has not pitched in a regular season big league game since, but he was on track to be part of the Mets' bullpen to start the 2021 season before the shoulder injury sidelined him.

When Smith returns to the Mets' bullpen, which could be soon, the odd man out could possibly be right-hander Trevor Hildenberger, who has appeared in just one game this season.