Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shocking! Carson Smith Lands On The Disabled List

(AP Photo)
As they say, you can count on three things in life: Death, Taxes, and Inept Red Sox Medical Attention. As we predicted, reliever Carson Smith has landed on the disabled list with a "flexor tendon strain" of his pitching arm. The mainstream media says the team has "dodged a bullet"—since it's not a trip to Alabama for Tommy John surgery. Really? First of all, who's to say that in a week's time the crack Sox medical staff won't re-evaluate things and decide it is a tear requiring surgery? Anyone want to take bets on that? Second, even if Smith returns quickly (3 or 4 weeks), his presence in the late-inning bullpen parade will be missing—putting added pressure on the ridiculously over-used Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel. Is this "dodging a bullet"?