Red Sox Injury Report: Injured Right Handed Reliever Carson Smith Throws Successful Simulation Against Major League Hitters
Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith in two seasons with the team has only had three appearances, all of them coming in the 2016 season. Injury has plagued his tenure with the team, but Smith continues to battle and a return from injury looks imminent.
The right-handed reliever threw a simulated game on Saturday afternoon and faced several hitters including Dustin Pedroia, Christian Vasquez, and Chris Young. According to reports the simulation went smoothly for Smith.
This isn’t his first simulated game, but this is a clear step in the right direction for Smith as he continues his recovery from Tommy John.
The latest return expectations for Carson Smith is sometime in the middle of July. Smith was placed on the 60-day-dl on April 27th after being transferred from the 10-day-dl. Smith’s return is important for a Red Sox bullpen that has seen a lot of innings pitched.
The last full season Smith pitched came in 2015 where he pitched in 70 games with a 2.31 ERA in 70 innings pitched for the Seattle Mariners. If he brings that form to the Boston pen, you could see some much needed rest for closer Craig Kimbrel who already has logged 27 and 2/3 innings in 26 appearances and it is only June 10th.
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Farrell said after the session that Smith threw 25 pitches and will know on Sunday if Smith needs another simulation game or start a rehab stint.