New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain after throwing 81 pitches in the Mets’ 14-3 blowout loss against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday.
Smoker will likely need an MRI. Best case, Smoker has just a shoulder strain, which can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatories and therapy. Worst case, Smoker has rotator cuff or shoulder impingement issues that will require surgery.
Smoker’s previous career-high for pitches was 48 before Tuesday night. The left-hander has bounced back and forth between New York and its Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas this season, making 22 appearances at the major league level with a 2-1 record and a 7.45 earned run average.