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Carson Smith | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 8 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Carson Smith underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday.
The surgery was scheduled after Smith underwent three opinions on the injured right shoulder after being diagnosed with right shoulder subluxation. He'll miss the rest of the 2018 season, and there's a strong chance he won't be ready to go at the beginning of the 2019 campaign. Jun 13 - 7:12 PM

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Carson Smith is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

Another career setback for the 28-year-old setup man, who has logged just 23 2/3 innings at the major league level since the Red Sox acquired him from the Mariners in December 2015. Smith injured his shoulder last month when he threw his glove in frustration following a bad outing. He will be eligible for arbitration for the second time this winter and could very well be a non-tender candidate.
Jun 12 - 5:16 PM

Carson Smith will go for a third opinion on his injured right shoulder.

Smith met with Dr. David Altchek in New York this week, though it's unclear what he was told. It sounds like the 28-year-old setup man is weighing whether to have surgery to repair his labrum or capsule. He was placed on the disabled list May 15 with what was initially diagnosed as a right shoulder subluxation.
May 22 - 10:46 PM

Carson Smith will seek a second opinion on his injured shoulder next week.

He's heading to New York for a visit with Dr. David Altchek. Smith's rotator cuff checked out fine, though he's still looking for reassurance on his labrum/capsule. Injuries have limited the setup man to just 29 appearances over his last three seasons.
May 17 - 6:09 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder subluxation.

Carson hurt his shoulder by throwing his glove in frustration on Monday. It could be a major injury. Bobby Poyner has been called up to take his place in the bullpen.
May 15 - 3:44 PM

Red Sox and RHP Carson Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

Smith returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery late last season and posted a sharp 1.35 ERA in eight relief appearances before working 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the ALDS against the Astros. He'll work in a setup role in 2018 in front of Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel.
Jan 8 - 11:44 AM

Carson Smith worked two scoreless innings Monday in Boston's loss to the Blue Jays.

Smith looked nasty, needing only 22 total pitches to get six outs. The 27-year-old right-hander has logged just seven total appearances for the Red Sox this season following his 2016 Tommy John surgery, but he should be on the roster for the ALDS.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 10:15:00 PM

Carson Smith pitched a perfect 11th inning with a two-run lead for a save Monday against the Orioles.

The reports on Smith during his rehab assignment weren't very encouraging, but he's showed pretty good velocity and ample movement since joining the Red Sox. He's only struggled in one of his four appearances, and he wasn't even charged with a run in that one. He could be in the running for a spot in the postseason bullpen.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 11:47:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Carson Smith from the 60-day disabled list.

Smith was pulled from his final minor league rehab appearance after taking a line drive off his leg, but he apparently escaped with a minor bruise. The 27-year-old right-hander has logged just three appearances with the Red Sox -- none in 2017 -- since he was acquired from the Mariners in December 2015. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2016.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Carson Smith was forced to leave his minor league rehab appearance after facing just one batter after he was hit in the leg by a line drive.

It doesn't sound as though he suffered a major injury or setback, but the Red Sox should provide an update on his status on Monday. It remains unclear when he'll be ready to rejoin the Red Sox bullpen.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 10:46:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Carson Smith's (elbow) velocity hasn't come back all the way on his rehab assignment.

Smith is now 16 months removed from Tommy John surgery, but Farrell doesn't expect the reliever to be full strength until next season. He should be activated this month, but the Red Sox aren't counting on him to contribute.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:09:00 PM

Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) is likely to remain with Triple-A Pawtucket through the end of their season.

Smith is only pitching every third day at the moment as he works his way back from major elbow and shoulder injuries, and he has a 7.71 ERA through six rehab appearances. Pawtucket's season ends September 4.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 06:19:00 PM

Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) walked the first three batters he faced in his rehab debut Saturday with Double-A Portland.

He was then lifted after giving up a run-scoring sac fly, having throwing 18 pitches -- just five for strikes. Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May and came down with a shoulder issue as he began throwing off a mound. The right-hander probably won't be an option for the Red Sox bullpen until late August or early September.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:20:00 PM

Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Portland on Saturday.

Smith is on the mend from Tommy John surgery and has yet to pitch this season. He could potentially be activated from the disabled list at some point in August, though that will depend on how he is able to acclimate in his return to the mound down in the minors while on the rehab assignment.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 05:12:00 PM

Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) is hoping to face hitters by Thursday.

Smith's recovery from Tommy John surgery has moved at a snail's pace but it seems the right-fielder is finally making progress. If all goes well, Smith could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Obviously he'll need several outings in the minors before he's ready to help the big club.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 08:22:00 PM

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C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Tzu-Wei Lin
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Steven Wright
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Brandon Workman