Drew Smyly SP TB 5 days ago

Smyly (shoulder) struck out four and did not walk a batter while allowing just one hit over three innings in his rehab start at High-A Port Charlotte on Tuesday morning, according to Josh Vitale of the Charlotte Sun.

He threw 40 pitches in the outing (28 strikes) and was expected to throw a few additional pitches in the bullpen afterward. Tuesday's outing is a big step in the right direction for Smyly, who is targeting an April 29 return to the Tampa Bay rotation if he progresses without a setback.

Drew Smyly SP TB 6 days ago

Smyly (shoulder) may returned from the disabled list to face the Yankees on April 29, MLB.com reports.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team probably won't bring Smyly back until the lefty is stretched out for 100-plus pitches. The other option would be to bring him back a bit sooner on a limited pitch count, but even the slower route gives Smyly a shot to return by the end of April. The 25-year-old southpaw is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) will make his first rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly will continue to build arm strength and stretch out as he inches closer to his regular season debut, pitching two innings Thursday. Assuming all goes as planned, he should miss one or two starts at most before rejoining the rotation.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis since early March, but after completing a live batting practice session Saturday, he may soon be ready for a rehab start. He'll likely miss only one or two turns through the rotation.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) completed a live batting practice session Saturday and said it went well, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

With a pair of live sessions now under his belt, Smyly thinks the next step could be his first rehab start. The team has yet to confirm a course of action. A bout of shoulder tendinitis forced the lefty to shut it down in early March, but he's further ahead than the Rays' other ailing starters (Alex Cobb and Alex Colome) and appears on track to miss just a turn or two through the rotation.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He reportedly felt good after his session Wednesday, starting at approximately 80 percent effort and progressing upward from there. Smyly remains on track for a mid-April return, but he may need a rehab start (or two) before the Rays activate him from the disabled list.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) indicated he felt good following a live 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.

Smyly continues to progress, getting through a live batting practice session without issue. He remains on track to skip just one start at this point, which would slot him in to a mid-April return.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) came through Sunday's bullpen session well and he's scheduled for live batting practice Wednesday and Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

If Smyly progresses through the live batting practice sessions without issue, he'll move on to rehab games. A return in the second half of April is a possibility, assuming that everything follows the Rays' current schedule for the left-hander.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Sunday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly will get back onto the mound Sunday for his second bullpen of the week, and if all goes well, manager Kevin Cash said the lefty should throw to live hitters during his next session. It's uncertain whether Smyly will pitch in a Grapefruit League game, but it seems at least possible in light of his progress. Cash said earlier this month that he thought Smyly would miss just one turn through the rotation to begin the season.

Drew Smyly SP TB 4 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday and said he felt good, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Smyly's shoulder tendinitis is expected to sideline him for his first scheduled turn in the rotation, but his progress is promising. While he'll still likely miss that first start, it seems plausible it will be the only one he'll skip. The next step would be pitching in a game, but no timetable for that has been indicated at this point.