On March 21st, Red Sox relief pitcher Carson Smith walked off the mound with a feeling of discomfort in his right arm. One day and one MRI later, it was revealed that the hard-throwing righty had strained his flexor mass muscle. The injury landed Smith on the disabled list going into the start of the season, which, after E-Rod's patellar tendon subluxation, isn't great news for Red Sox Nation. But it could have been worse.
"Injuries to a pitcher's throwing arm are always cause for concern," says Kevin E. Samaha, Physician Assistant with the Division of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "In general, the medical staff will exercise extreme caution, particularly in the pre-season. It's important to give players the appropriate time to rest early on so that they'll be able to endure a lengthy season on the back end…"
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.