Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith's season has taken a dramatic downturn. Not only did he give up the go-ahead home run in Monday's loss to visiting Oakland, but as he admitted Tuesday while fighting back tears, the right-hander may have suffered a significant shoulder injury while throwing his glove in disgust as he exited the game.
'Shoulder just came out of the socket,' Smith told reporters Tuesday. 'Not much to say.
The dugout tantrum was not caught on camera, but it may have caused a potentially 'major' subluxation of his right shoulder. Smith is seeking a second opinion.
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Not only did Smith give up the go-ahead home run in Monday's loss to visiting Oakland, but as he admitted Tuesday while fighting back tears, the right-hander may have suffered a significant shoulder injury while throwing his glove in disgust as he exited the game
'Any shoulder injury isn't a good injury,' Smith said. 'Elbow's one thing, but a shoulder is something you don't mess with. Yeah, I'm concerned.'
He had been pitching well for the Red Sox, giving up only one earned run in his previous nine appearances.
However, he is tied for the team lead with 18 appearances on the season, which may have led to his injury.
'I think fatigue played a factor,' he said. 'My shoulder just couldn't handle it. I think my shoulder is tired in general just from pitching. I've thrown a lot lately and I think my arm was just tired.'
The Red Sox placed Smith on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, recalling left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. There is no timetable for Smith's return.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Carson Smith walks off the mound as Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis rounds the bases after his home run during the eighth inning of Monday's game
Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis homers off of Carson Smith
Smith served up what ended up being the game-winning home run to Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis in the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 6-5 loss on Monday. He threw his glove in frustration upon leaving the mound.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said Smith is seeking a second opinion
'It's unfortunate,' Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said, adding that Smith underwent an MRI on Tuesday.
Smith, 28, has a 3.77 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings across 18 appearances this season. Acquired from the Seattle Mariners in December of 2015, Smith underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. He made three appearances that year prior to injuring his elbow and eight appearances last year in his return from the surgery. His debut last season was delayed by shoulder inflammation suffered prior to his beginning his minor league rehab assignment.
Smith's last full season came in 2015 with the Mariners, when he posted a 2.31 ERA and struck out 92 batters in 70 innings.
His teammate, Red Sox ace Chris Sale, had an infamous dugout tantrum while playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2013.