Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will start Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers after recovering from a shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Tribune. Smyly has not pitched for the Rays since May 5 after suffering a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but he is ready to return after electing to rest and rehab the injury rather than undergoing season-ending surgery. "I feel really good that I've worked hard the past three months to get back to where I am. I feel healthy," Smyly said. "A lot of guys counted me out. There was probably a day or two when I wasn't sure if I would pitch again this year as well. And here I am, getting ready to go. So I am really, really excited. I feel strong. I feel ready to go." The 26-year-old was able to throw 94 pitches in his fourth and final rehab start for Triple-A Durham.

Drew Smyly SP TB 4 weeks ago

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will make at least two more rehab starts as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and he could return to the big club by Aug. 18, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Smyly will soon move to Triple-A Durham for his rehab and face hitters closer to the major league level. Neither of his rehab starts have gone well, though it is not considered a significant issues as long as he is still throwing his pitches without any pain. Smyly has made only three major league starts this season, as he began the season on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder tendinitis, and he was placed back on the DL on May 9 because of the current issue. He was then transferred to the 60-day DL on May 13 when it was determined he had a torn labrum.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly is scheduled to throw 60 pitches in his second minor league rehab start Friday as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Smyly is rehabbing a torn labrum he suffered earlier in the season and will increase his workload by 10 pitches from his previous start, but is still expected to require several more rehab appearances before returning to the major league rotation.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly, who has not pitched since May 5 because of a should injury, will begin a rehab assignment Sunday, according to the Tampa Tribune. Smyly suffered a minor labrum tear in his left shoulder but did not need surgery. Surgery would have ended Smyly's season, so he elected to treat the injury with rest and rehabilitation after seeking a second opinion. Smyly threw 41 pitches in a simulated game earlier this week and manager Kevin Cash praised his progress. "Really good session [for Smyly]," Cash said. "He threw 20 pitches. Sat down, threw 21 pitches. All the reports on all the pitches, the stuff, the locations have been very positive." The lefty is expected to need an extended rehab stint, which likely means he will not return to the Rays until late August or early September.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Detroit Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly will throw a simulated game Tuesday as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Tribune. Smyly is expected to return in mid-August.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months ago

Smyly (shoulder) threw a 51-pitch bullpen session in a Tampa Bay and threw the final 10 pitches with full effort, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This is another important step for Smyly, who is still projected to return in mid-August. The Rays need for reinforcements has lessened recently thanks to the return of Matt Moore and the impending return of Jake Odorizzi, but Smyly should expect full usage once he comes back due to the division race.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.