Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Impressive In Rehab Appearance
Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith made his 3rd rehab start Saturday night with the Paw Sox. He pitched in the 5th inning of the game where he gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 on 13 pitches (8 strikes). His last time out on Tuesday night, he walked one and struck out one on 13 pitches (6 strikes).
Tonight, his fastball was consistently at 91-92 mph. Based on what I saw, he threw 7 fastballs, 3 curve balls, and 3 sliders tonight. His first strikeout was of Eric Stamets on a slider. His second strikeout was of Nellie Rodriguez on a curve ball to end the inning.
Smiths’ last two rehab appearances are something for him to build off of going forward. Even though he has only had 3 rehab starts he still has a long way to go.
Carson Smith looked really good tonight. He was able to get his fastball up to 92 mph on a consistent basis. In his first 2 rehab appearances, he was sitting at 91 while hitting 92 on occasion. That tells me he is really building back some of the arm strength he has had in the past.
To begin his appearance, he was throwing a lot of fastballs to the first two hitters. Then he started to throw more breaking balls to the 3rd batter he faced on the night.
The one hit he gave up on the night was to Erik Kratz. The hit was on a high, 92 mph fastball. Kratz hit the ball into the left field corner for which looked like a double. However, the left fielder Ryan Court was able to throw it into 2nd base where Heiker Meneses was able to put the tag on him for an out. According to replay, it appeared that Smith got lucky. It looked like Kratz was able to get around the tag. But since the ball beat Kratz to the bag so much, the umpire appeared to call him out based on that.
The Red Sox have been working Carson Smith every 3rd day on his rehab stint. That would line up to pitch on Tuesday night. The Paw Sox will be in Indianapolis on Tuesday for a doubleheader with the Indians.