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Carson Smith 'confident and ready to get back' with Red Sox


Carson Smith 'confident and ready to get back' with Red Sox

BOSTON -- Carson Smith visited the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday, checking in with the coaching staff and medical staff, eager to be activated early next week. Smith has missed the first 3 1/2 weeks of the season after being diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right forearm.

"Slow and steady,'' said Smith of his progress. "But I'm feeling good right now. I'm confident, I'm healthy and ready to get back. It's great (to be back with his teammates); I've been watching these guys on TV for the last month. It's been tough, watching down there in Florida and wanting to be part of it, but it's good to be around the guys here and good to be back in Boston.''

Smith has thrown a handful of bullpens and live batting practice sessions, along with a couple of appearances in extended spring training games.

"I'm very confident I'm ready to go,'' said Smith. "The velocity is there, the movement's there, so I'm happy.''

Missing the last month has been tough for Smith, but in the big picture, he feels grateful that it wasn't something more serious. When he walked off the mound in Jupiter on March 21, he feared he might have incurred a more serious elbow injury.

"It's a big relief,'' said Smith. "When you have elbow problems, I think any pitcher can say that's the biggest scare, hearing all the Tommy John stories. I'm glad I'm healthy now and I'm glad I dodged that bullet.''

Smith will play catch Wednesday from a distance of 90-120 feet, with a short side scheduled for Thursday.

On Friday, Smith will join Double A Portland for an inning, and as long as there are no setbacks, will pitch again Saturday with eye toward being activated prior to the start of Tuesday's road trip in Chicago.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.