Red Sox reliever Carson Smith will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Smith injured his shoulder last month throwing his glove in the dugout after a less-than-stellar outing against the Athletics. Smith, however, said his shoulder issue had more to do with overuse, which manager Alex Cora disagreed with.
Smith, 28, ends his 2018 season with a 3.77 ERA and an 18/6 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings. Due to various injury woes, he has logged a grand total of 23 2/3 innings over three seasons since the Red Sox acquired him from the Mariners in December 2015.
Giants catcher Buster Posey will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right hip, which has bothered him since May, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said it’s a “safe assumption” that Posey will go under the knife. The procedure would clean out bone spurs and address the labrum, which is the soft tissue around the hip socket.
Posey didn’t start Sunday’s game and went 1-for-6 on Monday against the Mets. He’s batting .286/.360/.386 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 439 plate appearances this season. It will go down as his least productive season among those in which he has appeared in 100 games.
Nick Hundley would take over full-time catching duties if Posey were to have his season cut short. Hundley has performed decently, hitting .247/.296/.452 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 199 PA.