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Carson Smith | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 8 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox transferred RHP Carson Smith from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at the end of May. He'll be out 13-15 months. Jun 7 - 4:23 PM

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Carson Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

The procedure was deemed a success, per Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. Smith will obviously miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and he could remain sidelined through the first half of 2017. The young right-hander was acquired from the Mariners this past winter as part of the Wade Miley trade. He'll have to sit on his shiny 2.00 career major league ERA for the next 13-15 months.
May 24 - 10:28 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Smith missed the first month of the season while recovering from a flexor tendon strain and made just three appearances before hitting the DL again earlier this month. Now he'll be sidelined through the early part of next season. It's a brutal blow for the Red Sox, who acquired Smith from the Mariners over the winter in hopes that he would be one of their most valuable late-inning arms. They could be in the market for a reliever as the summer moves along.
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Carson Smith underwent an MRI on his right forearm Friday.

Smith got a late start to the season because of a strained flexor tendon and was placed back on the disabled list earlier Friday with more elbow issues. Obviously this is all trending in a bad direction. The Red Sox could have more on the reliever's status later Friday.
May 20 - 4:06 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 15, with right elbow soreness.

Smith returned from the DL at the beginning of the month after making his way back from a strained flexor tendon, but he wasn't recovering as hoped after appearances. It's unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but it could be a while. Noe Ramirez takes his spot in the Boston bullpen.
May 20 - 12:33 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Carson Smith (elbow) is recovering "slower than expected" after relief appearances.

Smith took five- and six-day breaks between his first two outings, and he hasn't pitched since making his third appearance of the season on Saturday. The right-hander missed the first four weeks of the 2016 regular season because of a strained flexor tendon in his throwing elbow. Farrell acknowledged a return to the disabled list is possible if Smith doesn't feel good after his next appearance.
May 18 - 12:14 PM

Carson Smith worked a perfect inning against the White Sox in his 2016 debut on Tuesday.

Smith, who was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday, notched a strikeout and induced two groundouts, needing just nine pitches. Smith missed a month with a strained flexor tendon but should be an important member of the Red Sox bullpen moving forward.
May 3 - 11:24 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Carson Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained flexor tendon, was cleared to join the Red Sox after making it through two minor league rehab games. The 26-year-old was acquired from the Mariners over the winter and is capable of being a dominant set-up man if healthy.
May 3 - 12:20 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox.

He hasn't allowed a run in his two rehab appearances for Double-A Portland. Smith missed about a month with a strained flexor tendon. He should eventually settle in as a setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Apr 30 - 4:13 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) could join the Red Sox next week in Chicago.

Smith is scheduled toss a light bullpen session on Thursday before appearing in back-to-back rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket. Assuming that all goes well, he will probably be activated Monday. The dominant 26-year-old setup man can be a huge addition to the Boston bullpen.
Apr 26 - 6:31 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Smith has been pitching in extended spring training games without any issues and is nearing a return to the Red Sox bullpen. He should be activated from the disabled list at some point next week barring any setbacks.
Apr 23 - 2:14 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) made an appearance in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

It was only supposed to be a simulated game, but Smith felt good enough to face live competition. "He's advancing pretty good here," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The change to a game versus a sim game was because of how well he's responded to the work so far." Smith could begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week and it's possible he'll be ready to join the Boston bullpen by the end of the month. He was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a flexor strain.
Apr 21 - 2:01 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday.

He'll throw another one Thursday before advancing to an appearance in an extended spring training game on Saturday. Smith is beginning to make swift progress from his March right flexor strain and could even join the Red Sox bullpen by the end of April. It was looking like an ominous injury at one point.
Apr 19 - 4:46 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) threw 35 pitches of live batting practice on Saturday without any issues.

He'll repeat the exercise again on Tuesday. Smith has been sidelined since late in the spring with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow, but he's finally making tangible progress toward a return to the Red Sox bullpen. Beat writer Rob Bradford suggested April 29 as a possible return date.
Apr 16 - 1:43 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Sunday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Smith was placed on the disabled list at the end of spring training after being diagnosed with a right flexor strain in his pitching elbow. The right-hander will probably take it slow with his rehab in an effort to avoid surgery. Manager John Farrell has hinted Smith could be back by the end of the team's upcoming homestand.
Apr 7 - 4:00 PM

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S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
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2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Fernando Abad
6Robbie Ross
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Robby Scott
10Joe Kelly
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13Carson Smith
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