Carson Smith's anger has cost him his season.
The Boston Red Sox reliever needs season-ending surgery on his pitching shoulder thanks to a partial dislocation and labrum tear he sustained in freakish fashion while throwing his glove in frustration last month.
Surgery will be performed at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery on Wednesday, Red Sox head trainer Brad Pearson told Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
"Really what's going to happen is they're going to go in and look at all the structures and fix all the things they feel necessary in order to add stability back to that shoulder to handle the rigors of pitching," Pearson explained.
It's possible Smith could miss part of next year as well, the trainer added, depending on how much damage is found during the procedure.
After getting touched up for a home run during his one inning of work against Oakland on May 14, the 28-year-old Smith threw his glove against the dugout bench in frustration. He hasn't thrown anything since that fateful glove toss, as Smith went straight to the disabled list following the incident.
Days later, Smith claimed that the injury stemmed from being overworked rather than the glove toss, though his manager Alex Cora disagreed with that statement. Pearson concurred with the skipper on Tuesday, saying that he believes the injury "was a freak thing."
Boston acquired Smith from Seattle during the winter of 2015 in hopes that he'd turn into an electric set-up man for Craig Kimbrel, but he's barely made an impact in Beantown due to an array of injuries. He's appeared in just 29 games for the team over the last three seasons, missing nearly all of 2016 and '17 thanks to Tommy John surgery.
During his abbreviated Red Sox career, Smith has posted a 2.66 ERA and 1.352 WHIP with 27 strikeouts (10.3 per nine innings) and one save over 23 2/3 innings pitched.
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