Carson Smith is currently tied for the Boston Red Sox team lead in appearances with 18. It might be some time before the reliever pitches again, thanks to his own foolishness.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed Tuesday that Smith suffered a subluxation (a partial dislocation) of his right shoulder Monday night. It occurred when he threw his glove in the dugout during Boston’s 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Smith surrendered a key eighth-inning home run to A’s slugger Khris Davis. Leaving the field, he fired his glove in frustration, which resulted in him damaging his shoulder.
Smith was placed on the 10-day DL. However, there is no timetable for his return.
“It’s got the potential of being a major injury,” Dombrowski said.
Dave Dombrowski said Carson Smith is very apologetic. He does not expect the Red Sox will discipline the right-handed reliever.
"I would doubt it. I mean, he's contrite enough at this point," Dombrowski said. "I would doubt it."
— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) May 15, 2018
It isn’t a surprise that Smith is so apologetic. Potentially, his season could hang in the balance, maybe his career.
We’ve seen some dumb injuries in our day, but this is up there. There’s a better way to handle your anger.
Smith is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 14.1 innings this season.