Dominic Smith says as long as he's playing, 'I'll help this team win ballgames'

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Dominic Smith was disappointed after he was sent down to Triple-A and even voiced his desire to be an everyday player, whether that was with the Mets or elsewhere, but now, he is just happy to be back with the big-league club.

“It was sick,” Smith said of hearing about his return. “Even getting the call Monday, I wasn’t expecting it. It was a great surprise. Getting around the boys, I missed this team so much. I missed just the camaraderie that we have and just being around this great group.”

As for the frustration with his role before being demoted, Smith understood there were parts of his game that needed work, as his sub-.200 batting average showed, and he made it a point to refine his swing and timing while with Syracuse.

“That’s just a part of the game,” Smith said. “I felt like I could go down there, just work on my swing, work on myself and play every day and have some fun. Continue to compete at a high level and also teach some of the younger guys who are down there as well. It was a good experience to go back down there and just play. It was an interesting couple weeks.”

Now that he had those couple weeks to play regularly and work on his swing, Smith feels ready to contribute. He already showed it on Wednesday with a double in Houston.

“I feel like I’m not that far off," Smith said. "It’s just getting out there, playing and I think I’ll be fine. I’ll help this team win ballgames.”

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