Drew Smyly SP TB 1 week 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly has a tear in his labrum and will likely need season-ending shoulder surgery, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

The 25-year-old southpaw was recently placed on the 15-day DL after experiencing shoulder stiffness after Tuesday's start. The Rays and Smyly could opt to try to rehab the injury first, but according to Topkin's report, surgery is likely, meaning Smyly would miss at least the rest of this season. The Rays have already lost Alex Cobb and Burch Smith for the season, and have been without Matt Moore (expected back sometime in July) all season. Erasmo Ramirez is the likely in-house replacement, but his risk outweighs his upside in fantasy. Smyly's injury all but assures that Alex Colome and perhaps even Nate Karns will be able to stick in the Rays' rotation all season.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to May 6, with left shoulder soreness.

Smyly was sharp over six innings in his last start Tuesday, but it appears he aggravated the shoulder injury that delayed the start of his season. It remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined, but this certainly does not help the Rays' cause with Alex Cobb (elbow) out for the season and Jake Odorizzi (flu) unable to make he scheduled start Saturday.

Drew Smyly SP TB 3 weeks ago

Smyly was the tough-luck loser Tuesday, giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings in Boston.

Smyly had a no-hitter going in the sixth inning before Mookie Betts hit his first of two homers Tuesday. It has been an excellent start to the year for Smyly, who has a 2.70 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 21 strikeouts through 16.2 innings (three starts). While he has yet to go more than six innings or reach 95 pitches in a start, Smyly is starting to assert himself as a legitimate No. 2 starter in the big leagues.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly struck out 10 batters while giving up two runs -- both via solo homer -- on four hits and a walk in six innings Wednesday against the Yankees.

He didn't get a decision in the eventual 13-inning win, but Smyly looked awful sharp, totally dominating the Yankees outside of two mistakes -- Chase Headley's homer in the fifth and Chris Young's in the sixth. He's now struck out 15 batters while walking just one over 10.2 innings since returning to the mound after a season-opening DL stint due to shoulder tendinitis.

Drew Smyly SP TB 1 month ago

Smyly allowed two runs on four hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out five over 4.2 innings of the Rays 12-2 win over Toronto Friday night.

He came off the disabled list to make his first 2015 start and he pitched reasonably well. Smyly retired the first 10 hitters he faced, but on an 80 pitch pitch count, he left before he had logged the five innings required to qualify for a win. He'll build his arm strength, and should be a nice addition to fantasy rotations.