The Los Angeles Angels have shut down 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Nate Smith due to tendinitis in his left elbow. Smith pitched in 26 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He gave up 166 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his 150 1/3 innings pitched in the minors. Smith has now pitched in 86 games (80 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 31-25 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Smith came into this season as the Angels’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. This injury is a bad break for Smith, as the Angels were likely going to call him up to make a start or two in September.