After only three appearances in a Red Sox uniform, RP Carson Smith is to have Tommy John surgery on his right arm. During Spring Training, the injury was expected to be just a flexor strain, however, it ended up being much worse. Red Sox fans were excited to see what the young reliever could do, but now they will have to wait until next year.
This injury is not a setback for the Red Sox bullpen, but it would’ve been nice to have someone of his caliber ahead of Kimbrel in the 8th, to give Koji and Tazawa a break once in awhile. Even though, at this rate, I think Tazawa enjoys pitching every game. The Red Sox bullpen still has 8th and 9th inning guys that can get the job done when they are on their game.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Red Sox tried to pick up another option, during the year, to fill the spot for Smith or have someone in Pawtucket come up and fill the role. I would like to see Patty Light come back and try to perform, but I think Farrell is in love with Noe Ramirez, so he might be more likely to get the call up. This would make me angry.
In general, don’t panic Red Sox fans. Carson Smith’s injury is not slowing down the offense, and if we continue even 50% of what we’ve been doing so far, we are in good hands for the rest of the year. I have faith in the other guys in the bullpen to get the job done. Remember, in 2013, we traded for Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates, and he pitched very little for us until he had to get Tommy John Surgery on May 16. That’s a pretty close timeline to what happened with Smith.
Anyways, Let’s go Sox!