After giving up a homerun to Khris Davis in the eighth inning Monday night, Smith threw his glove when he got back to the dugout.
Dave Dombrowski then told reporters on Tuesday that Smith suffered a subluxation of his shoulder due to throwing his glove.
“It’s got the potential of being a major injury,” Dombrowski told reporters.
Then today on WEEI’s Dale & Keefe, manager Alex Cora indicated that it could even cost Smith his season.
Smith missed most of the 2016 and ’17 seasons due to an elbow strain (many people were worried about this sort of thing due to his throwing motion when he was first acquired) and Tommy John surgery, and was just starting to get back into taking on a regular workload.
The workload is what he said caused the injury, at least in part. He called it a “freak accident,” citing the fact that he goes through his throwing motion with his glove in hand every day.
This hints at Smith being unhappy with the way he’s been used recently. When asked about this today by MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith, Carson Smith said, “I’ve said what I needed to say.”
I just asked Carson Smith if he could set record straight to what he meant in regards to being used a lot and told him how Cora was asked today on @DaleKeefeWEEI about whether he might be blaming Cora for overuse. He said he had “no comment.” added, “I’ve said what I need to say”
It’s unfortunate that Smith is so injury prone and seems to be having a rough go in the clubhouse. In his only full season in the Majors with Seattle, he posted a 2.31 ERA with 92 strikeouts over 70 innings, largely due to a nasty slider. That’s who the Red Sox hoped they were acquiring when they shipped Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to Seattle for Smith and Roenis Elias (who has since returned to the Mariners) in the winter of 2015.
After a good April, Smith has been becoming more and more reliable in May. He started the month with six scoreless outings that included eight strikeouts and no walks before giving up the homer to Davis.
Bobby Poyner, who had gotten off to a good start before being sent down, has been recalled to take Smith’s spot in the bullpen.