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Carson Smith | Relief Pitcher | #39

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 8 (0) / SEA
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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

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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

Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, with a right flexor strain.

Smith has resumed playing catch and it's possible he could return relatively soon. He will work in a setup role when he's ready.
Apr 3 - 12:24 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is scheduled to play catch on Thursday morning in Red Sox camp.

Smith has been discomfort-free for about a week and wants to test the healing of his strained right flexor muscle. He will open the 2016 season on the disabled list, but it might not be such an extended absence.
Mar 31 - 9:38 AM

Carson Smith's MRI revealed a strained flexor muscle.

Smith will begin the year on the disabled list and there's no timetable for when he'll resume throwing. He's still expected to pitch this season, which is obviously great news for the Red Sox. Smith was expected to serve as the bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel but now that role will be filled by veteran Koji Uehara.
Mar 22 - 3:43 PM

Carson Smith will undergo an MRI on his right forearm on Tuesday.

Smith already said he was being sent for more tests, but now we officially know that he's going for an MRI. There's reason for concern about he came down with cramping and tightness in his forearm on Monday, but the exam will provide some clarity on where he stands.
Mar 22 - 11:30 AM

Carson Smith (forearm) will be sent for further tests on Tuesday.

Smith experienced cramping and tightness in his forearm during Monday's outing against the Cardinals. He said the initial exam was "pretty positive," but the Red Sox are still in information-gathering mode. It's unclear if he's going for an MRI on Tuesday, but more should be known soon.
Mar 22 - 9:40 AM

Carson Smith (forearm) will be sent for tests on Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Smith exited Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals after just one batter due to cramping and tightness in his forearm. It's too soon to tell if it's something serious, but the Red Sox aren't going to take any chances with him.
Mar 21 - 4:47 PM

Carson Smith left his appearance Monday versus the Cardinals due to forearm cramping.

It could be a symptom of something serious, or it could be nothing. There's no real reason to speculate before the Red Sox doctors get a good look at the talented right-handed reliever. Smith faced just one batter before departing and television cameras later showed a trainer working on his right wrist and forearm. Expect a status update by Tuesday morning.
Mar 21 - 3:52 PM

Carson Smith left an appearance Monday against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

More information as we get it. Smith is supposed to play a big role in Boston's revamped bullpen this season after registering a stellar 2.07 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 102/25 K/BB ratio across 78 1/3 innings with Seattle. He had some back problems earlier this spring.
Mar 21 - 3:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Ryan Hanigan
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Chris Young
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Clay Buchholz
3Rick Porcello
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
3Carson Smith
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Heath Hembree
9Pat Light
10Brandon Workman