ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays won't make anything official for another couple days, but LHP Drew Smyly made it very clear Wednesday he is ready to return from the DL and rejoin the rotation, possibly as soon as Sunday."I feel really good that I've worked hard the past three months to get back to where I am. I feel healthy," he said."A lot of guys counted me out. There was probably a day or two when I wasn't sure if I would pitch again this year as well. And here I am, getting ready to go. So I am really, really excited."Smyly was sidelined at the start of the season due to shoulder tendinitis, returned to make three starts then went back on the DL due to more shoulder problems, which included diagnosis of a torn labrum.He opted for a lengthy rehab program, under the supervision of head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield , and worked his way back, making his fourth, and apparently final, rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Durham.Though Smyly got only through four innings with 94 pitches, he and Rays manager Kevin Cash said it was a better outing than it looked, as his velocity was consistently in the low 90s and he had no discomfort or concerns."You can look into the box score all you want, but I walked away very happy," Smyly said.Cash said the Rays will wait for Smyly to throw a bullpen session Friday, and possibly even see how he feels Saturday, before making a final decision.But the fact that he is going with the team and will throw in Texas is an indication of how close he is. The Rays need to add a fifth starter by Tuesday; starting Smyly on Sunday against the Rangers keeps him on a five-day schedule."I feel strong," he said. "I feel ready to go." DESMOND IN, BUTLER OUT: OF Desmond Jennings is set to rejoin the Rays in Friday after going 2-for-4 and playing nine innings in leftfield for the Stone Crabs. Jennings has been out since late April with a left knee problem that eventually required arthroscopic surgery.To make room on the 25-man, the Rays optioned OF Joey Butler , 11-for-his-last-73 and playing sparingly, to Triple-A Durham."It was an incredibly difficult decision for what he did for the team, and what he did in the clubhouse," Cash said. "When we played our best, Joey was probably at the forefront of that."Because Smyly and Jennings are coming off the 60-day DL, the Rays also will have to create one spot on the 40-man roster, which is currently at 39. NOT-SO-MINOR MATTER: Rookie-level Princeton INF Blake Butera , a 35th-round pick in the June draft, was hit in the head by a pitch Tuesday, examined and released at a hospital and is slated for further tests, GM Jim Holland said. … LHP Matt Moore allowed three runs on two homers, struck out seven and walked three in 42/3 innings against Norfolk (Orioles) in his second start for Durham since being demoted. HOT TIME IN THE CITY: Some pitchers have been doing their running outside this week to do some preparation for what will be extreme heat in Arlington, Texas, this weekend. Cash said they plan to limit pregame work as well. "It's smoking hot," he said. "We'll probably take a couple days off of BP and stay inside." MISCELLANY: The Rays have homered in 10 straight games, their most since a team-record 17 in 2013. … The Rays won for the first time when allowing six or more runs, the last team in the majors to do so. … RHP Jake Odorizzi allowed a season-high-matching six runs. … OF Grady Sizemore homered off the C-ring catwalk over rightfield, the fourth fair ball off a ring this season. … C Curt Casali hit his eighth homer in his 84th plate appearance. … The South Tampa All-Star team that won the Little League Junior Softball World Series was honored pregame.