Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Timeline Revealed By John Farrell
Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith has had two rehab appearances with the Pawtucket Red Sox and another with the AA-Portland Sea Dogs. Smith continues to gain arm strength and command every day as he tries to get back to the big leagues after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell noted prior to Sunday’s game that he has heard some positive reports from Smith and Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles.
“The command was better last night,” Farrell said. “There was an uptick a little bit in velocity from maybe five days prior and in talking with Carson he just feels now he’s gotten three appearances, the recovery time both in terms of his arm and his body is getting less. So these are encouraging things here as we go through the early phase here.”
The regimen that Smith is on right now with Pawtucket is getting him too pitch every three days. His next rehab appearance is scheduled to come on Tuesday for the PawSox. Many are wondering when the reliever will be back up in Boston. But according to John Farrell they are going to keep him down at AAA-Pawtucket until the end of their season.
“He’s got three appearances, it’s been a year and a half,” Farrell said. “We’re still spacing it out to no sooner than every third day in which he’d be in a game. At some point that will close down a little bit more to more frequent outings but I think for right now, given all that he’s been through the more we can keep his trend moving upward, we’ll stay the course for right now.”
The PawSox season ends on September 4th and a the moment their chances of making the International League playoffs are slim. Smith would likely be recalled shortly thereafter depending on how he feels. But for now, he is just taking steps in the right direction with Pawtucket.
“He looked good. He said he felt good after his outing. It was a positive step in the right direction.” Said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles
Trifecta’s Evan Cook happened to cover all three Carson Smith rehab’s at this point. His observations are below.
Rehab Appearance #1
Carson Smith had trouble throwing strikes in his 1st rehab appearance with the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday night. In that game, he threw 18 pitches and just 5 strikes. Smith was throwing his fastball between 88-90 mph while reaching as high as 91 at one point reportedly. His pitching line that night was 1/3 of an inning, giving up 0 hits, 2 runs, and 3 walks.
Rehab Appearance #2
Smith went 1 inning, giving up 1 walk, and struck out 1 swinging on 13 pitches (6 strikes). He pitched the 7th inning, where he came in to start the inning. His fastball topped out at 91 tonight on a consistent bases. He did throw two called strikes in the inning. He also had one called strike. That was on a slider to strikeout Ronald Bueno to end the inning.
Rehab Appearance #3
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.