Carson Smith is a pretty good relief pitcher. That is, if you go off of his first two seasons in the majors. Over 70 innings of work with the Seattle Mariners back in 2015, Smith would post the following numbers: 2.31 ERA, 2.08 FIP and 2.46 DRA. But that’s probably not even the most impressive part. That happens to be his astounding 66 percent groundball rate.
But ever since coming over to the Boston Red Sox, Smith cannot stay healthy. He would log 2.2 innings in 2016 and only 6.2 innings last season. And on Monday, after logging 14.1 innings this season, he would injure his shoulder while throwing his glove in the dugout. Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed as much on Tuesday, calling the injury “unfortunate.”
“It’s got the potential of being a major injury,” Dombrowski says.
On the season, Smith has a 3.77 ERA with 18 strikeouts. In the meantime, the Red Sox sit just a half-game out of first place in the AL East at 28-13 as of this writing.