Smith (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.
The move was essentially a formality, as Smith has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season -- and likely the start of the 2017 season -- after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The transaction clears up a space on Boston's 40-man roster, but there has yet to be a corresponding move.
Smith (forearm) will have Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the UCL in his right elbow.
Smith thought his injury was similar to the flexor strain he suffered during spring training, but it turns out the issue is far more serious this time around. He'll now miss all of 2016 and probably most of 2017, leaving the Red Sox with one less late-inning option. The team still has Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.
Smith said the pain he's feeling now is "very similar" to what he felt in spring training, when he was shut down with a strained right flexor muscle. He noted some discomfort in his delivery, particularly his slider. After working his way back from the initial soreness, Smith was activated in early May, but has been unable to pitch on consecutive days and has needed multiple days to recover before being used again.
He had an MRI Friday after landing on the 15-day DL, but the results have not yet been announced. Farrell said the symptoms do not indicate surgery will be necessary, but of course that could change in a hurry. Regardless, he should be considered out indefinitely.
It was reported earlier this week that Smith was dealing with forearm soreness, and his placement on the disabled list signals that he did not make much progress over the last few days. The extent of his setback has not yet been determined, but he will be eligible to be activated May 30. Noe Ramirez was recalled to take Smith's place on the roster.
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