Drew Smyly RP DET 23 Hrs

Drew Smyly struggled in his first start of the 2014 season, allowing four runs on six hits over just three innings in Friday's loss to the Angels.

Smyly walked two and struck out a pair on the evening. Due to scheduled off-days and postponements, it took until April 18 for Smyly to make his first start in the Tigers rotation, and his highly anticipated debut didn't quite go according to plan. He'll look to turn things around when he takes on the White Sox at home on Wednesday

Drew Smyly RP DET 3 Days

Drew Smyly will start Friday against the Angels.

Smyly has been limited to bullpen appearances so far due to off-days and rain postponements. The 24-year-old left-hander owns a 3.18 career ERA and 1.15 career WHIP in the majors, and remains an exciting fantasy sleeper.

Drew Smyly RP DET 4 Days

Drew Smyly's first start of the season has been pushed back to later in the week as a result of Tuesday's rainout.

Smyly was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Indians, but now Anibal Sanchez will get the ball. Justin Verlander is scheduled to start Thursday, so Smyly will presumably start over the weekend against the Orioles. Fantasy owners will have to hope that all this waiting will be worth it.

Drew Smyly RP DET 8 Days

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Friday that Drew Smyly will make his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.

The Tigers could have gone until Saturday requiring a fifth starter, but have opted to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Smyly excelled out of the bullpen in 2013 and should be a solid source of wins and strikeouts getting the ball every fifth day for the Tigers.

Drew Smyly RP DET 16 Days

Drew Smyly will be skipped in the Tigers' rotation.

The Tigers were rained out of Thursday's series-finale against the Royals and scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez is now going to pitch in place of Smyly on Friday against the Orioles. Smyly is a major fantasy sleeper in his first year as a full-time starter.

Drew Smyly RP DET 1 Month

Drew Smyly tossed five scoreless innings as a Tigers split-squad steamrolled the Blue Jays 18-4 on Tuesday.

Smyly allowed just a couple of hits in his best outing so far this spring. Detroit's fifth starter is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA.

Drew Smyly RP DET 1 Month

Drew Smyly yielded four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Thursday.

Smyly struck out one and walked two in his shakiest start so far. He said afterwards that he's yet to find his cutter this spring. Hopefully, he'll get that back over the next couple of weeks. He has a 4.76 ERA through four outings.

Drew Smyly RP DET 1 Month

Drew Smyly pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three against the Mets on Saturday.

Smyly was sharper this time around than in his first start against the Cardinals. All three hits against him were singles.

Drew Smyly RP DET 2 Months

Drew Smyly allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two in three innings in the Tigers' 8-5 victory over the Cardinals on Monday.

Smyly wasn't sharp but only Jhonny Peralta, who hit two solo home runs, seemed to have his number. The Tigers' left-hander is moving into the rotation following the departure of Doug Fister, so the team will be monitoring his performance closely throughout the spring.

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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski refused to put a specific innings number limit on Drew Smyly when asked on Saturday.

Smyly is set to move into the rotation following the trade of Doug Fister. While he did average over 120 innings pitched in 2011 and 2012, Smyly threw just 76 as a reliever last year, so the Tigers know they'll have to limit him. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News speculates that the lefty will be allowed to get "somewhere into the 140-inning range, maybe 150, this season." Smyly will be a popular sleeper pick in fantasy drafts this spring.