Astros RHP Smith out 6-8 months after surgery

Houston Astros right-handed reliever Joe Smith will be shelved for 6-8 months after surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, the club announced Thursday.Smith, 34, sustained the injury while working out last week and underwent surgery Tuesday.Smith was 5-1 in 56 relief appearances for the Astros in 2018 with a 3.74 ERA and 46 strikeouts. He allowed just 34 hits in his 45.2 innings of work.