The Red Sox reliever is headed to the DL, temporarily cooling roster tension.

The Red Sox have announced via Twitter that reliever Carson Smith will be headed to the 10 Day DL with right shoulder subluxation.

The news comes as a surprise due to the lack of injury knowledge that previously existed, though there is a chance that is merely will provide roster flexibility while the Red Sox decide what to do with Brian Johnson / Blake Swihart.

Smith had been turning a corner in Boston after a rough start to the season, posting 9 consecutive scoreless outings and allowed just one run in his last 10. The trade that sent Wade Miley to Seattle has proven to be a win for the Sox as Miley is now a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.


This is a tough pill to swallow – hopefully it is not serious…

The reliever is a large part of the Red Sox bullpen, so rest will be imperative to long-term success.

Bobby Poyner has been recalled from Pawtucket.