Red Sox Nation is holding their breath after right handed pitcher Carson Smith left today's outing after just 5 pitches. Smith came to Boston along with Roenis Elias as part of the Wade Miley deal with Seattle.
Smith complained of discomfort during his last two pitches, mainly involved with his right forearm. Smith reinforced the fact that he is concerned with the injury because he is not certain the severity of the discomfort.
When pitchers complain of forearm discomfort it can mean a number of different thing, but at this point in the season, the Red Sox will take every precaution. Farrell's quick removal of Smith most likely doesnt indicate the severity of the injury because there's no reason to keep him in during spring training.
Forearm discomfort can often be associated with elbow problems, but that is the worst case scenario for the Sox. Smith admitted that he had missed some time earlier in the year with back spasms, but says that he's never experienced this kind of forearm discomfort before.
By Matt Watts