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Brewers reliever Will Smith out with torn knee ligament

Smith will likely open the season on the disabled list.

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee reliever Will Smith, who was expected to open the season as the club's co-closer, will likely open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a torn knee ligament, according to Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As of Saturday morning, Smith was still waiting to determine whether or not he needs surgery.

After pitching Thursday, Smith returned to shower in the Brewers' clubhouse, where he lost his balance and twisted the knee, according to Haudricourt.

Although there is a chance Smith might not need surgery, there is a good chance he will miss time early in the year.

As Milwaukee prepares for Opening Day, it appeared Smith was set to open the season sharing closing time with Jeremy Jeffress. With Smith out, Jeffress will likely be the full-time closer to begin the year.

Over 63.1 innings with the Brewers last season, Smith pitched to a 2.70 ERA and 2.75 FIP.