Red Sox reliever Carson Smith expected to start season on DL with arm injury

Carson Smith faced just eight batters this year for the Red Sox before requiring season-ending elbow surgery.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Carson Smith works against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning of a spring training game on March 15. –Tony Gutierrez/AP

Red Sox reliever Carson Smith is expected to begin the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a strained flexor mass muscle in his right forearm, manager John Farrell told reporters on Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was injured during an appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. He exited the game after throwing just five pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“We have to let it calm down,” Farrell said on Tuesday, via MLB.com. “There’s no throwing schedule in place yet. We have to get a few days of treatment just to see how he comes through that. But no timeline on putting a ball back in his hand.”

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The Red Sox acquired Smith along with left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias in a December 2015 trade that sent pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners.

Smith was 2-5 was a 2.31 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 70 innings and appearances with the Mariners in 2015.

“It is a little bit of a setback, given the time of camp we’re in, and that’s why it’s likely he begins the year on the DL,” Farrell said Tuesday. “We want to make sure when we build him back up we’re taking it at an appropriate pace.”

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