For Smith, who sustained the injury when running out a groundout in the fifth inning of Thursday's win over the Blue Jays, this marks the first DL stint of his career. Only in the Minor Leagues, Smith said, had he ever before experienced any sort of hamstring issues.
"Even that was different," said Smith, who was batting just .177 over his previous 30 games before the injury. "This just kind of came out of nowhere. My hamstrings weren't sore. I was just running and kind of felt it. Today, it felt pretty much the same as last night, no worse, no better. I knew it was something that wasn't going to be OK in a couple of days."
Taylor, meanwhile, gives the A's another right-handed option off the bench and is expected to garner a handful of starts in left field when Yoenis Cespedes starts in center in an effort to spell Coco Crisp, who recently missed four games because of his own hamstring soreness.
It's the second big-league stint of the year for the 26-year-old Taylor, who went 3-for-16 during a four-game stay with the A's in early May. He was batting .301 with 11 home runs -- seven of which came in his last 24 games -- and 57 RBIs, to go along with a .413 on-base percentage, in 95 games with the River Cats.