Red Sox RHP Carson Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery

BOSTON (AP) - The Red Sox say that pitcher Carson Smith is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, effectively ending his season.

The team announced that Smith, who arrived in Boston this offseason via a trade with Seattle, would undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction Tuesday. The procedure was to be performed by Dr. David Altchek in New York.

Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list last week with right elbow soreness. It was his second time this season on the DL after beginning the season sidelined with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

The 26-year-old made just three appearances since coming off the DL on May 3, allowing only an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings.

He was expected to be a key component of the Red Sox bullpen after a 2015 campaign with the Mariners in which he had a 2.31 ERA, 13 saves and 92 strikeouts in 70 innings.

 

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