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Alex Cora doesn’t agree with Carson Smith saying over usage contributed to shoulder injury

Ryan Hannable
May 16, 2018 - 4:57 pm

When speaking about his shoulder injury which happened as a result of throwing his glove in the dugout following his outing Monday, Carson Smith seemed to indicate over usage may have contributed to it.

On Wednesday, Alex Cora was asked about the comment and disagreed.

“I don’t agree with it,” he said. “I don’t agree with it. On a daily basis we talk to pitchers and how they feel. If they don’t they can pitch that day, we stay away from them. It caught me by surprise. If he felt that way he should’ve told it to us or he should’ve mentioned it. There was a day in New York or Toronto, New York I think, we talked and he said he wasn't available that day and we stayed away from him.”

Including Monday, Smith pitched five times in a seven-day span, but had the same number of appearances (18) as most of the other relievers.

Cora said he will address Smith's comments with him at some point.

The right-hander was diagnosed with right shoulder subluxation, but it’s feared it’s more serious than that and potentially a season-ender. 

While no new information was shared by Cora,’s Rob Bradford reports Smith is slated to go for second opinion in person with Dr. [David] Altchek in New York. His rotator cuff is OK, but they are seeking to get clarification on his labrum.

With Smith out of the mix, it will be up to the rest of the bullpen to step up.

“As far as [Matt] Barnes, [Joe] Kelly, Heath [Hembree], it’s business as usual,” Cora said. “We’ve been mixing and matching the whole season so that’s not going to change. Carson was turning the corner. We felt throwing the ball a lot better the last 10 days, the action of his pitches were great. The only — it wasn’t a mistake — just a pitch down in the zone that Davis hit out of the ballpark. He was great, but the other guys they can do the job. It’s not like he was pitching high leverage, late in the games, high leverage situations, we were working his way after his struggles early in the season. 

“But somebody has to step up. It takes more than 25 guys I’ve been saying to win it and we’ve got capable guys of getting outs late in the game."

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