He gave up a homer to Khris Davis.
Smith claimed the injury happened because his shoulder was tired from pitching a lot, per NBC Sports Boston's Evan Drellich. "And I think my arm is just exhausted".
The 28-year-old Smith pitched just 9.1 total innings over 11 appearances combined in 2016 and 2017, after the Red Sox acquired him (and Roenis Elias) for Wade Miley in a trade. "I've said what I need to say". I'm in the position I'm in.
"I don't agree with it", Cora said, per the Athletic's Jen McCaffrey before Wednesday night's game. "I don't agree with it". "On a daily basis, we talk to pitchers and see how they feel". If they don't think they can pitch that day, we stay away from them. "If he felt that way, he should have talked to us".
About 20 minutes later, Cora spoke about Smith's comments yesterday at his pregame media availability. "He should have mentioned it". Of course, if Smith really was that worn out, it reflects poorly on the team and their coaching staff for continuing to push him.
Each day the manager gets a list from the training staff and pitching coach Dana LeVangie that details who is available to pitch that day.
Smith is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA so far this season.