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Red Sox, Carson Smith avoid arbitration

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox and reliever Carson Smith have agreed to a $850,000 salary for 2018, avoiding arbitration.

Smith only pitched in eight games in 2017 following recovery from Tommy John surgery he underwent in early 2016. Before going under the knife, Smith was an effective relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners in 2015, appearing in 70 games. Following that season, the Red Sox traded for him and Roenis Elias in exchange for Jonathan Aro and Wade Miley.

Smith should enter spring training at 100%, ready to serve in seventh or eighth inning role ahead of Craig Kimbrel.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.