In Another Episode of Dave Dombrowski’s Bullpen, Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Injured His Shoulder Throwing His Glove In Frustration Last Night

The 2018 Boston Red Sox have been a roller coaster ride of emotions this season. I can’t tell if I love this team or if they make me want to punch myself in the mouth. It’s NUTS.

Listen, there are aspects of this team that I love to watch every night. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts are two of the best hitters in baseball so far and overall their offense has been exactly what you had hoped and expected.

Their starting pitching started off immaculate. Top to bottom they were lights out and that was with two backup pitchers going as your fourth and fifth arms in the rotation.

But their relief pitching. My God their relief pitching gives me absolutely zero sense of relief when I see them step up to the mound. Realistically the entire bullpen makes me uncomfortable and that includes Craig Kimbrel… At least when there are men on base. Which, hell, you would think that your all-star closer could handle that type of situational baseball right? Please. Why would you?

Real quick though that’s why I miss ’07 Jonathan Papelbon. You could stick the guy in essentially any situation. First inning, ninth inning. It didn’t matter. That guy was lighting everyone up.

With all of this being said, Carson Smith going down with injury is the epitome of the 2018 Sox bullpen. You can’t even run the guys out there consistently night in and night out.

Bobby Poyner up and down from AAA to the majors. Velazquez injured. Stevan Wright suspended. Joe Kelly suspended.

Regardless, the fact that Dave Dombrowski says that this has the capability to become a major injury is something that we need to pay attention to.

Regardless of your opinion on Carson Smith he has been reliable in the sense that he is a usable arm who will show up for you on most nights and give you an okay chance at maintaining your lead or keep it close if you’re down. He’s holding a 1-1 record with a 3.77ERA so overall, he hasn’t been absolute garbage. But at the same time, he isn’t a guy who I’m confident in when I see him coming out of the pen. ESPECIALLY when he’s coming out of the pen in the Bronx.

The Red Sox are still waiting on the return of Tyler Thornburg who is rehabbing in the Sox farm system. Who, actually, the Red Sox are apparently letting off of the gas slightly and letting the guy rest until Friday… He also rested all season last year but we’ll talk about that another day.

So including Thornburg, the Red Sox are now waiting on the return of Hector Velazaquez to come back to the roster after he was recently placed on the DL with a back injury that popped up out of the blue.

But don’t worry guys. Steven Wright is back. So now you have an unpredictable knuckleballer who could eat up innings for you too who effectively hasn’t pitched aside from five games last season, since 2016.

This is Carson Smith’s true first time as a regular in the Red Sox bullpen for an entire season. Smith had Tommy John in 2016 causing him to miss that season and a majority of 2017.

Keep an eye out on this story because again, regardless of his success thus far, he’s needed in the Red Sox bullpen.

The Red Sox reacted to Smith’s DL placement by recalling relief pitcher Bobby Poyner.

-Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag)

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