Smith has his appeal hearing


Will Smith’s appeal of his eight-game suspension was heard Monday and the Brewers reliever expects to get the final verdict later this week.

Smith is fighting his eight game suspension for pitching with a foreign substance on his arm.

"Smith admitted to the infraction, but made the case, with agent Jeff Berry, that the length of the suspension was onerous. Also on hand for morning meeting in a conference room at Busch Stadium were MLB executive vice president of administration John McHale, senior vice president of standards and on-field operations Joe Garagiola Jr. and labor relations counsel Kasey Sanossian, plus a representative from the MLB Players Association, Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Brewers senior director of baseball operations Tom Flanagan," according to

While he doesn’t know what the outcome will be, Smith was pleased with the way Monday’s hearing went.

"I felt comfortable leaving the meeting very well-represented," Smith said. "Plus, it was nice to have your manager there, too, just support-wise. That felt good, too. Just a little confidence booster to have him there. He didn’t have to do that."