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Carson Smith says his shoulder injury was somewhat due to overuse. Alex Cora disagrees.

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On Tuesday, a frustrated Carson Smith threw his glove in the dugout after an inning in which he gave up a solo home run to Khris Davis, which turned out to be the game-winning run. Smith injured his shoulder in the process, suffering a right shoulder subluxation.

As Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports, Smith took responsibility for his injury and said he regretted throwing his glove in anger. Smith also said his shoulder was already not 100 percent as a result of overuse. He said, “I think my shoulder’s tired in general, just from pitching. I’ve thrown a lot lately and I think my arm was just tired.”

Smith, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, made 18 appearances entering Wednesday’s action. He appeared in 11 of his team’s 29 games in March and April, and appeared in seven of 14 games this month. He pitched on back-to-back days twice this month, May 8-9 and 11-12. He has thrown more than 15 pitches in two of those seven appearances: 19 pitches on May 1 and 20 pitches on May 11.

The data seems to disagree with Smith. Manger Alex Cora disagrees as well. He said, “I don’t agree with it. On a daily basis we talk to pitchers and how they feel. If they don’t think they can pitch that day, we stay away from them.” He added, “It caught me by surprise. If he felt that way he should’ve told it to us or he should’ve mentioned it.”

Providing more detail, Cora said, “All the relievers, we talk to them on a daily basis, ‘Where you guys at?’ And we have information too, but their input is very important to our decision making and there’s been some days that he felt he wasn’t available and there’s others that he was available.”

As Mastrodonato points out, Smith said he was unavailable to pitch one day during the club’s recent road series against the Yankees, May 8-10. He was not used on the 10th. As mentioned, he had pitched on back-to-back days.

It’s difficult to take Smith’s side here, though he may be operating with a much different definition of throwing “a lot lately” than the rest of us.

The Brewers aren’t going to give up the National League pennant easily

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The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.

In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.

Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.

The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.