Houston Astros reliever Joe Smith will miss six to eight months after undergoing surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Thursday.
Smith, 34, was injured during a workout last week, and the Astros said the surgery was performed Tuesday.
Smith is entering the final season of a two-year, $15 million contract he signed with Houston and is set to make $8 million in 2019. He made 56 appearances last season, posting a 3.74 ERA in 45⅔ innings.
He made one appearance in the playoffs, giving up a home run to Steve Pearce and being charged with the loss in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.