Tommy John won 288 games in an incredible, 26-year major league career. Carson Smith has won a grand total of three games, and has been on this earth as long as Tommy John pitched in the big leagues. Yet Smith is now one of the countless number of pitchers whose name will always be linked with Tommy John.
After injuring his elbow during Spring Training, Smith briefly returned to appear in three games for the Sox, pitching 2.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Now, following a disheartening stint on the DL, just about the worst news possible has come out: Smith will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
With their promising offseason acquisition officially out for the season, the Sox will hope that their bullpen continues to perform well as is. Currently, the team holds a 3.12 bullpen ERA, fifth in the National League. They’ll be missing Smith until, at the earliest, next Spring.