Drew Smyly SP TB 6 hours 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 1 week 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.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

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

A bout of shoulder tendinitis sent Smyly to the shelf earlier this month, but he's extended his long toss to 100 feet without issue and now appears set to resume mound work in the days ahead. The Rays have effectively ruled Smyly out for his first start of the year, but manager Kevin Cash has said that he thinks the lefty will only be skipped once.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) is likely to miss his first start of the regular season, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Manager Kevin Cash has made it known that Smyly will probably miss his first turn in the Tampa Bay rotation, but believes the young lefty might only be out for one start.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly progressed to throwing drills Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly performed a drill where he threw a ball in a sock as he continues to work back from tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. He's without a firm return date at this point, and his status for Opening Day could be in jeopardy.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly (shoulder) hopes to play catch in the next few days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After a finger injury delayed his typical preseason preparation, Smyly seems to believe that the cause of his recent shoulder tendinitis is a result of trying to "ramp up" his throwing routine. However, any extended absence from the mound during the spring could certainly cause the young lefty to miss the start of the regular season.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly has "a little bit of shoulder tendinitis" and his return date is uncertain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Even "a little bit" of a shoulder problem is enough to throw what could have been a breakout season for Smyly into doubt. The 25-year-old's return date will be key, but if he doesn't start throwing again within the next couple weeks, don't expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

Drew Smyly SP TB 2 months ago

Smyly agreed to a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The $2.65 million salary represents a significant raise for Smyly, who's in his first year of arbitration, but the number may very well also prove a tremendous bargain for Tampa Bay. Smyly was dominant after coming over from Detroit in the David Price trade, posting a 1.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 44:11 K:BB in 47.2 innings. He was capped at 153 total innings last season after tossing just 76 frames in 2013.