Drew Smyly SP TB 3 days 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.