Red Sox reliever Carson Smith to open season on DL

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Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith expected to begin season on DL
Tuesday March 22nd, 2016

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Red Sox reliever Carson Smith will open the season on the disabled list, according to multiple reports.

Manager John Farrell told reporters the righthander has a strained flexor mass muscle in his throwing arm. Smith, 26, left Monday’s spring training game after throwing just five pitches and experiencing tightness in his forearm.

“We have to let it calm down,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “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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Smith, designated for a setup role, posted a 2.31 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 70 innings last season with the Mariners, saving 13 of 18 opportunities.

He was acquired in an offseason trade that sent Wade Miley to Seattle and also brought back Roenis Elias.

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