Smith struck out both batters faced in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Orioles. This was noteworthy as it marked the first time we've seen Smith throw on consecutive nights since his return from an elbow injury. When the Red Sox activated him, there were few expectations, but the right-hander hasn't permitted a run in five outings (4.1 innings) and has thrown himself into consideration for a postseason roster spot, should the Red Sox qualify.
Smith threw a clean 11th inning to earn his first save of the season Monday against the Orioles. The club cycled through most of its relievers, as Doug Fister lasted just two innings before the game went into extra innings, leaving Smith to close things out after they scored a pair of runs in the 11th. He's delivered four scoreless outings since being activated from the disabled list, but Carson isn't expected to be in the mix for saves moving forward.
Smith threw a perfect inning, striking out one in Tuesday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Blue Jays. Smith was Boston's 10th reliever to enter the 19-inning ordeal, making his first appearance in a major league game since May 14, 2016. The Red Sox aren't relying on him to be an important piece in the bullpen at this time, but he was acquired to be an eighth-inning setup reliever and will be given that opportunity in 2018.
Smith (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. His return was delayed by a day after he was struck by a line drive in the leg in his final rehab start over the weekend. Seeing as Smith has only made three appearances for the big club since the start of 2016, he will likely be eased back into action in a lower-leverage role. The hope is that he'll be ready to contribute more substantially in 2018 after building his arm back up in the offseason. Kyle Martin was designated for assignment to clear room for Smith's return.
Smith (elbow) may not be activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday after he was struck by a line drive in the leg during his final rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Christopher Smith of The Boston Globe reports. Since Smith was still able to walk off the field under his power upon departing Sunday, it doesn't sound like he's dealing with a significant setback, but it could nonetheless delay his season debut with the Red Sox. The right-hander, who was limited to just three appearances with the big club in 2016 before requiring Tommy John surgery, isn't expected to be deployed in a high-leverage role once he rejoins Boston after he struggled to regain velocity in his rehab outings. With a full offseason to build his arm back up, the Red Sox believe that Smith can carve out of a more substantial role in the bullpen in 2018.
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