Drew Smyly SP TB 4 days ago

Smyly (shoulder) will throw off a mound Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly had a successful long toss session last weekend and will now throw off a mound for the first time since suffering a torn labrum in May. Since the tear was minor and did not require surgery, Smyly has been rehabbing and may be able to return in late July or early August if he continues to progress without any setbacks.

Drew Smyly SP TB 7 days ago

Smyly (shoulder) threw long toss at 105 feet Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He was throwing at 75 feet last week, so it's at least clear he's making gradual progression. He's still not coming back until at least mid-August, but each step in his recovery is important considering he's going the more risky route of rehabbing the labrum instead of surgery.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) made 30 throws at 75 feet on Monday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

After playing catch Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list, he did it again after just one day off. He's also scheduled to play catch again Wednesday. While he's still a ways away from a return, getting on a regular throwing schedule is a positive sign for his recovery that thus far has avoided season-ending surgery.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) played catch Saturday for the first time since landing on the DL, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It initially appeared that Smyly would be ticketed for season-ending shoulder surgery when he was diagnosed with a labrum tear in his left shoulder in early May, but after receiving further consultation, the 26-year-old decided to take the rest-and-recovery route. He indicated he "felt great" after making about 20 throws during the catch session, but he still remains far off from a potential return. The Rays aren't expecting him back until sometime in August, at the earliest.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) will begin sock tosses Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly continues to rehab a minor tear in his labrum, and this is the first step toward throwing an actual baseball. There's a chance Smyly could return later this season, but he may have to sit out the rest of the year with the goal of being ready for Opening Day in 2016.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly is only dealing with a minor tear in his labrum, which could need only eight weeks to rehab, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly was initially expected to need season-ending surgery, but it appears the injury is less serious than originally expected. Both he and the team's doctors are confident that Smyly can pitch through the injury if need be, so it appears he'll choose to go through the rest and rehab route rather than undergo surgery.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

The Rays are optimistic that Smyly (shoulder) could return this season, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly was diagnosed with a torn labrum, but the club is hopeful that by just resting and rehabbing it, he'll be able to return this season without having to elect for surgery. It remains to be seen how likely this scenario is, but the lefty will be out until August or September either way.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly (shoulder) is seriously considering a rehab program that would have him pitching again by August or September, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This is a drastic risk for Smyly to take. There's a significant chance he could re-injure his labrum if he returns in 2015 and that would bite a massive chunk out of his 2016 season, since surgery would be all but unavoidable at that point. That's also not to say surgery is likelier to get him back to pitching at the level he was pre-injury, while a rehab program could bring back missing some velocity. That said, Smyly's doctor wouldn't present this as a possibility without a real reason, so don't be shocked if he goes through with it.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months ago

Smyly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday with a torn labrum, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly will seek a second opinion, but the team has confirmed he indeed has a torn labrum. Regardless of if surgery is required or not, the injury will hold him out of the lineup for an extended period of time. The Rays will continue digging in the barrel for starting pitching with three of their top arms injured, keeping the combination of Alex Colome, Nate Karns and Matt Andriese in the starting rotation.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months ago

Smyly (shoulder) will undergo a second MRI on Sunday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly is hoping another opinion of his shoulder injury will yield better results, as the first diagnosis revealed a torn labrum, which would require surgery that would end his season. If the second evaluation confirms the earlier one, Smyly would become the third Rays pitcher to succumb to a season-ending injury, after Alex Cobb and Burch Smith required Tommy John surgery.