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Carson Smith | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 8 (0) / SEA
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The Red Sox hope Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) will resume throwing off a mound Tuesday or Wednesday.
Smith is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery and had a setback last month when he felt shoulder soreness. The Red Sox hope he can contribute out of the bullpen at some point during the second half. Jul 9 - 11:46 AM

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Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) is hoping to throw off a mound this weekend.

He resumed throwing late last month after being shut down for a few days due to shoulder soreness. Smith still has a long way to go in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but there seems to be optimism he'll return at some point this year.
Jul 6 - 5:23 PM

Carson Smith (elbow, shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

Smith is working his way back from Tommy John surgery but had to be shut down recently because of a sore shoulder. He should be ready for a rehab assignment before long if he can avoid another setback, but he'll need a bunch of rehab appearances.
Jun 26 - 4:45 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is currently shut down due to a sore right shoulder.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Smith had hoped to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday, but he came down with a sore shoulder last week. It doesn't sound like a big setback, but it's unclear when he'll be game-ready. "When we sent Carson back (to Boston), we’re still in that five-day period where we’re going to let things settle down and continue to go through rehab and strengthening," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday.
Jun 20 - 10:07 AM

Carson Smith (elbow) threw one inning in a simulated game on Thursday.

He's headed back to Boston for a checkup and is hoping to get the green light to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Smith's recovery from Tommy John surgery takes on greater importance now that Tyler Thornburg (thoracic outlet surgery) has been ruled out for the year. Barring a setback, Smith should be back around the All-Star break.
Jun 15 - 4:56 PM

Carson Smith's next simulated game has been pushed from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Smith felt a little lat tightness after his latest simulated workout, though Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the right-handed reliever could still begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. Smith is around 13 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Jun 13 - 4:44 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) will pitch another simulated game on Tuesday.

After that, he'll begin a minor league rehab assignment. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Smith's rehab assignment will "take some time," which is to be expected coming off Tommy John surgery. Boston's bullpen has fared surprisingly well this year, so there's no reason to rush Smith back before he's ready.
Jun 11 - 6:21 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) threw 20 pitches to stand-in hitters on Wednesday afternoon.

Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia both took simulated at-bats but purposely did not swing. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe says Smith showed his same pre-injury mechanics and fired off "some good-looking pitches." The right-handed setup man is 13 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and just about ready to embark on a minor league rehab assignment.
Jun 7 - 2:36 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) threw another bullpen session on Thursday.

He'll advance to facing live hitters Tuesday in New York and could set out on a minor league rehab assignment shortly after that. Smith is in the final stretch of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He should be back around the All-Star break.
Jun 1 - 4:42 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) will face live hitters next Tuesday afternoon.

This will be Smith's first time throwing to hitters since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham passes along that on his current track, a return in mid-July is realistic. His exact timetable figures to clarify over the coming weeks.
May 31 - 8:05 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) resumed throwing off a mound Tuesday.

Smith hit a snag in his recovery from Tommy John surgery late last month, but it appears the 27-year-old reliever is back on the right track. If all goes well from here, he could be an option for the Boston bullpen around late May or early June. Smith has not appeared in a game for the Red Sox since they acquired him from the Mariners in December 2015.
May 2 - 4:44 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) recently had a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

That might explain why Smith was just transferred to the 60-day DL. Smith has resumed long tossing but hasn't thrown off a mound in two weeks. The Red Sox were hoping to have Smith back in early June but that's no longer an option. The 27-year-old has yet to pitch a game for the Red Sox since arriving in a trade with Seattle in December 2015.
Apr 27 - 5:15 PM

Red Sox transferred RHP Carson Smith from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Chase d'Arnaud, who was claimed off waivers from the Braves on Thursday. Smith is still working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He should be ready sometime in June.
Apr 27 - 1:57 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing bullpen sessions.

Smith felt some lingering elbow tightness during his last mound workout of the spring and was shut down for about 10 days, but the right-hander is clearly doing better now. He could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment around early-to-mid May and projects to join the Red Sox bullpen sometime in June. Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery 11 months ago.
Apr 11 - 5:35 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

It seems like Smith has been on the disabled list since the moment he arrived in Boston. He's still recovering from Tommy John surgery and won't be ready until June at the earliest.
Apr 1 - 8:54 PM

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