BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't agree with the assertion from Carson Smith that the righty's shoulder subluxation that occurred when he threw his glove Monday in the dugout could have been caused by fatigue.Smith, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2016, was used three times in
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't agree with the assertion from Carson Smith that the righty's shoulder subluxation that occurred when he threw his glove Monday in the dugout could have been caused by fatigue.
Smith, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2016, was used three times in a four-day span before the injury occurred.
However, Cora checked with the training staff on each occasion Smith pitched to make sure he would be available, as he does with all the relievers. That same process took place on Monday, when Smith gave up a solo homer to Khris Davis and then threw his glove in frustration at the end of the inning.
"I don't agree with it," Cora said. "On a daily basis we talk to pitchers and how they feel. If they don't [think] they can pitch that day, we stay away from them. It caught me by surprise. If he felt that way, he should've told it to us or he should've mentioned it. There was a day in New York or Toronto, New York I think, when we talked and he said he wasn't available that day and we stayed away from him."
The Red Sox were counting on Smith to be a reliable member of their setup crew this season, but he is now out indefinitely following the unfortunate injury.
Smith will undergo further tests from Dr. David Altchek in New York later this week to rule out a significant injury to his labrum.
Though he is in his first year as a manager, Cora wanted to make it clear that he would never jeopardize a pitcher's health while trying to win a game.
"We ask everybody, [Craig] Kimbrel, all the relievers," Cora said. "We talk to them on a daily basis, 'Where you guys at?' And we have information, too, but their input is very important to our decision making and there's been some days that he felt that he wasn't available and there's others that he was available."
After playing his first Minor League rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Dustin Pedroia's second scheduled start was rained out on Tuesday. With Wednesday's PawSox game taking place at 11 a.m. ET, the team stuck with its original plan of giving Pedroia the day off. Pawtucket doesn't play on Thursday. Weather permitting, Pedroia will travel with the team for a weekend series at Rochester and start on Friday night.
"From what I know, I think the weather is going to be miserable over the weekend. So we'll find innings for him," Cora said. "I think with Pedey, honestly, it's more about reputations than innings, not the at-bats. This is a guy who can hit at any level. Timing-wise, he has his at-bats, but repetitions on the field, going out, just like a pitcher. The up and downs, go play defense, come back, sit down, so that's what he needs. We'll find innings somewhere. Whenever he's back, he'll be ready to go."
Where will Pedroia hit in Boston's batting order when he returns?
"I have an idea, but we'll talk about it," said Cora.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.