Smith (elbow) suffered a setback and has not pitched off a mound in two weeks, the Providence Journal's Tim Britton reports.
Smith was transferred to the 60-day DL earlier Thursday, and this offers some explanation as to why. He had been progressing with bullpen sessions, but clearly something has caused the Red Sox to take it slow with him. The 27-year-old is still long tossing, but he is not expected back for quite a while.
Smith (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Evan Drellich of CSNNE reports.
Smith was never going to return before June, so the Red Sox decided to transfer him to the 60-day DL to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Chase d'Arnaud, who was recently claimed off waivers. He hasn't been given a firm timetable for return, but he has been able to get through multiple bullpen sessions healthy, so he seems to be slowly progressing through his rehab.
Smith (elbow) has increased his level of throwing and is now participating in bullpen sessions, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.
Manager John Farrell said that Smith threw too aggressively in his first bullpen session and experienced some soreness afterwards, but has had a series of healthy workouts since. Although the team has yet to lay out an official timeframe for Smith's return, it appears that returning at some point in June is still attainable.
Smith (elbow) was put on the 10-day DL on Saturday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Smith won't be active for Opening Day, although he's on the right track as he's going to throw a bullpen session sometime next week. Boston's tentative plan is to have Smith back in their bullpen around June, but a more specific estimate should be clear once his level of throwing picks up.
Smith (elbow) noted that he experienced some tightness after his bullpen session a week ago, but still plans on throwing again next week, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
It doesn't appear that the soreness is anything out of the ordinary for Smith, who is working his arm back to full strength following Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. He's hopeful to return to game action at some point in June, but he still has many hurdles to overcome in his recovery before the Red Sox will provide a clearer timetable. Look for Smith to open the season on the 60-day DL in order to give the Red Sox a little more roster flexibility.
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