Red Sox manager surprised by Carson Smith’s injury comment

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was surprised to hear that reliever Carson Smith feels that fatigue could have contributed to his dislocated pitching shoulder.

Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. The 28-year-old right-hander was hurt when he threw his glove during a tantrum in the dugout after leaving Monday night’s 6-5 loss to Oakland.

After being placed on the DL, Smith said he thought his ”shoulder just couldn’t handle it.”

When Cora met with the media before Wednesday’s series finale against Oakland, he said he didn’t agree with Smith’s assessment. Cora said the coaching staff talks to the pitchers on a daily basis and ”if they don’t feel that they can pitch that day, we stay away from them.”

Cora said he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Smith.