Carson Smith’s return from Tommy John surgery has suffered another setback.

The right-handed reliever hasn’t thrown off a mound in two weeks because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, manager John Farrell said. It’s his second setback since the start of spring training.

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

Carson Smith’s return from Tommy John surgery has suffered another setback.

The right-handed reliever hasn’t thrown off a mound in two weeks because of soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, manager John Farrell said. It’s his second setback since the start of spring training.

Smith underwent Tommy John last May 24. He began throwing in spring training, but had to back off after feeling soreness. He resumed throwing from a mound earlier this month, but once again had to draw back.

“Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, he was throwing the ball well,” Farrell said. “As a result, there’s been some soreness that has reared its head. We’ve had to back him off, back into long toss. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.”

The hope had been that Smith would be ready to return by June, but that assumed a perfect progression in his rehab. He was instead moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday to make room for new addition Chase d’Arnaud.

The Red Sox claimed the infielder/outfielder off waivers from the Braves, who had recently designated him for assignment. The 30-year-old is a lifetime .231 hitter, but he has experience at second, third, short, and all three outfield spots. He also bats right-handed.

Farrell said d’Arnaud would serve in a utility role. With Dustin Pedroia (knee) banged up but returning to the lineup, and Brock Holt (vertigo) on the 10-day DL, the Red Sox have a need for infield depth.

“Given the injuries that we’ve sustained of late, some temporary situations with other guys that are — there’s some maintenance involved,” Farrell said. “We feel like his versatility to move around the infield, it gives us a little bit more flexibility in-game if that situations does arise. A guy that’s served in this role for a few years at the big league level, more than anything just to create some depth and overall versatility”

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John Tomase

After not playing for the past three games, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox starting lineup, facing off with Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

After not playing for the past three games, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox starting lineup, facing off with Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Pedroia had been out since being slid into by Baltimore baserunner Manny Machado Friday night. Red Sox manager reported he would have been ready to play if there was a game Tuesday, but then was held out Wednesday night after the second baseman experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee earlier in the day.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with Chris Sale on the mound for the hosts:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintnedi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B

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Rob Bradford

According to FOX4, Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers just before midnight.

Kevin Steen

Kevin Steen

According to FOX4, Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers just before midnight.

A Dodge car was headed eastbound on Lee Boulevard when the driver veered off the road to the right, then veered left and crossed the median. The car went airborne before crashing into the front of a westbound SUV driven by Steen, which then caught on fire.

The driver of the other car passed away and Steen was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Steen, who is just 20 years old, was a ninth-round pick in the 2014 draft. The right-hander has pitched for the short-season, Single-A Lowell Spinners each of the last two seasons. Last year he went 3-5 with a 5.37 ERA.

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Ryan Hannable

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WEEI

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-9): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (9-6): Postponed due to rain 

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (12-8): L, 13-7 vs. Lynchburg 

Chris Sale (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Chris Sale (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Chris Sale walked out of the Red Sox’ clubhouse at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. That was his official entrance into what was the best example of why he is so important.

This is why you need an ace, and Sale fits the bill perfectly.

For context, let’s remember what former Miami general manager Dan Jennings once told WEEI.com when asking about the importance of an ace.

“They affect three games,” Jennings said. “Obviously the day they pitch. They affect the day before they pitch because the manager can empty the bullpen. And then the day after they pitch your bullpen should be fresh if they get you into the seventh or eighth inning, which is what you want an ace to do. I think you affect three days in a rotation, truly, if you are that guy. There are just so few of them out there. There’s a lot of guys who think they are and want to be paid like they are, but show me the production.”

Hence, the proclamation of Sale’s importance.

The Red Sox are down their eighth inning guy due to Matt Barnes’ suspension. One of the relievers who would be counted on in a late-inning role, Joe Kelly, might have limited availability due to his 1 1/3-inning, 22 pitch outing Wednesday night. Also, their lead lefty, Robby Scott, threw a season-high 21 pitches in the loss to New York.

Then there is the actual game Sale is to pitch, Thursday night at Fenway Park against the Yankees.

The Red Sox really could use this win. Not only have they lost three of their last four to the teams in front of them in the American League East (Baltimore, New York), but find themselves in the kind of offensive slump that promises to make things uncomfortable in the upcoming stretch against the Cubs and Orioles. They are just 5-for-42 (.119) with runners in scoring position over the last six games.

Fortunately for John Farrell’s team, there is literally nobody in baseball who is better suited to get the Red Sox a win Thursday night than Sale.

Sure, the lefty is the kind of role any pitcher would dream of. He has allowed three runs over 29 2/3 innings (0.91 ERA), striking out 42 and walking six. Sale is also coming off the best of the bunch in his historic 80-strike, eight-inning outing in Toronto.

But it is the team which he is facing that ties it all together.

No pitcher with more than four starts against the Yankees has ever had a lower ERA against New York than Sale, who has allowed just seven earned runs in 53 2/3 innings (1.17 ERA).

Sale’s most recent start against the Yankees came last May 13, when he allowed one run over nine innings, striking out six and not walking a batter.

“He’s been amazing,” said Red Sox outfielder Chris Young, who faced Sale as a member of the Yankees, and is 1-for-11 against the starter for his career. “It’s been fun to watch simply just as a fan of the game. I’ve had the opportunity to face him a few times and haven’t had much success off of him. You know what he’s bringing to the table every game. He’s just a bulldog on the game, and is a pleasure to watch.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-9): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (9-6): Postponed due to rain 

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (12-8): L, 13-7 vs. Lynchburg 

— Salem put together two three-run rallies but were unable to come up with the win. Starter Dedgar Jimenez gave up six runs, five earned, and nine hits in four innings.

— Jordan Weems got the loss after giving up three runs. Gerson Bautista followed Weems in relief and surrendered four runs to Lynchburg.

— Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (13-7): W, 7-4, at Greensboro

— Greenville gave up two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but pulled off the win thanks to a seven-run rally in the seventh inning.

— Drive starter Robby Sexton threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just one hit.

— The highlight of Greenville’s rally was a three-run homer from Mitchell Gunsolus to bump the lead to 7-0. Lorenzo Cedrola, Chris Madera, Tyler Hill and Tucker Tubbs also hit RBI singles.

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Lucy Burdge