​Bad news for the Houston Astros.


Pitcher ​Joe Smith, a key cog in the Astros' bullpen, has ruptured his Achilles tendon, according to the team. He will be out 6-8 months.

Smith has had a successful surgery on his Achilles, per a team release, and can now begin the healing process. Smith went 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the Astros last season.

​​The 34-year old Cincinnati native has played for six different franchises since he came into the league with the New York Mets in 2007: the Mets, Indians, Angels, Cubs, Blue Jays, and Astros. He won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016, but did not make any postseason appearances.

Arguably Smith's best season came with the Angels in 2014, when he made 76 relief appearances and registered a 1.81 ERA. He's largely been a dependable reliever for his entire 12 seasons.


​The Astros will certainly miss having Smith in their pen next season, but hopefully he'll be healthy and ready to go by playoff time.