The second season of Josh Smith’s massive league profession with the Texas Rangers has gotten off to a tough begin.
The 22-year-old is now listed as being day-to-day after a pitch from Baltimore Orioles left-hander Danny Coulombe hit him within the face throughout a sport on April 3. He in the end obtained a half-dozen stitches on account of the hit.
However on the brighter aspect, Smith obtained a present that may assist raise his spirits as he works his method again to the baseball diamond.
Coulombe’s 88 mph sinker was excessive and inside and caught the previous LSU Tigers standout within the chin.
By Tuesday, Smith stated he had cleared concussion protocol.
“I really feel fairly good truly. I slept good,” Smith stated Tuesday within the Rangers clubhouse. “It’s not as unhealthy as I assumed it was going to be. Actually no ache or something like that.”
Coulombe despatched a bottle of whiskey to Smith’s locker following the unlucky damage, in accordance with the Related Press.
“I’m simply actually glad he’s doing OK,” Coulombe stated after the sport. “That’s the worst a part of this sport. … I didn’t wish to [hit him], and so they know that. I’ve quite a lot of actually good pals on that crew and I talked to them afterwards, stated he’s in good spirits.”
Smith surprisingly was capable of watch the video replay, and he even noticed the slow-motion model.
“Appears like a boxer, like once they get punched and their complete face comes off their physique,” Smith stated.
Smith was within the beginning lineup for 3 of the Rangers’ first 4 video games this season. He stated he hopes to be again on the sector in lower than per week.
The Related Press contributed to this report.