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.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.