Rangers’ Josh Smith rewarded with adult beverage after receiving facial stitches
The second season of Josh Smith’s big league career with the Texas Rangers has gotten off to a rough start.
The now 22-year-old is listed as day-to-day after hitting Baltimore Orioles left-hander Danny Coulombe in the face during a game on April 3. As a result, he received half a dozen stitches. of the hit.
But on the bright side, Smith received a gift that could help lift his spirits as he works his way back to the baseball diamond.
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Coulombe’s 88 mph sinker was high and in and caught the former LSU Tigers on the chin.
Jake McCarthy of the Diamondbacks made a great catch before reaching the stands
As of Tuesday, Smith said he had cleared the concession protocol.
“I feel really good. I slept well,” Smith said Tuesday in the Rangers clubhouse. “It’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. There’s really no pain or anything like that.”
According to the Associated Press, Coulombe sent a bottle of whiskey to Smith’s locker after the unfortunate injury.
“I’m really happy he’s doing well,” Coulombe said after the game. “That’s the worst part of this game. … I didn’t want to [hit him], and they know that. I have a lot of really good friends on that team and I spoke to them afterwards, said he was in good spirits. “
Smith was surprisingly able to watch video replays, and he even saw the slow-motion version.
“Looks like a boxer, like when they get punched and their whole face pops out of their body,” Smith said.
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Smith was in the starting lineup for three of the Rangers’ first four games this season. He said that he hopes to be back on the field in less than a week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.