Rays' Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery

Published May 10, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Drew Smyly's recurring shoulder problems include a tear in his labrum that seems likely to require season-ending surgery, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Smyly, 25, was placed back on the disabled list Friday after experiencing stiffness and tightness during and after his Tuesday start in Boston, his third since being activated April 24.

Smyly said he felt fine in his first two outings after being sidelined since spring training with what was diagnosed as tendinitis, but that changed last week.

"I started feeling it in Boston and kind of kept pitching through it, and the next day it didn't respond well," he said. "It was definitely getting tight and stiffening up. It didn't feel loose, it didn't feel smooth."

Smyly said Saturday he was waiting for an MRI exam on Monday and further examination to find out exactly what is wrong.

"Anytime (it's your) shoulder, it's scary," he said. "You've just got to be positive."

Manager Kevin Cash said, "We're still in the process of kind of evaluating exactly what the issue is."

Smyly could opt to try to rehab the injury first. If he has the surgery, he would be the third Rays starter sidelined for the season, joining RHP Burch Smith (Tommy John in April) and RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John this week).

RHP Erasmo Ramirez seems the likely in-house replacement for Smyly. RHP Jake Odorizzi is starting in Smyly's spot today, as he was bumped back a day due to the flu and replaced Saturday by RHP Matt Andriese.

MIXING IT UP: Both benches emptied in the fourth when Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera objected to the way Rangers 2B Adam Rosales blocked the base with his knee while trying to tag him as he dived into second on a pickoff play.

"I've played both sides, second and short, and I know that's not fair to put a knee on the base,'' Cabrera said.

Cabrera shoved Rosales, which engaged the others, though it was much ado about nothing. Rosales said he didn't mean to hurt Cabrera, and they made up on the field.

The Rangers challenged the safe call, but — after a review that dragged on for 3:32 — the call was confirmed.

GO TO VIDEO: Cash said they had a good time after he and video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez got a safe call on Adrian Beltre at first in the seventh overturned, their first successful replay challenge after an 0-for-11 start. Fernandez ended up in the beer shower with RHP Andrew Bellatti, who got his first major-league win. "Chico has been celebrated on,'' Cash said.

POWER BALL: Before the game, Steven Souza Jr. was hitting balls off a tee at home plate over the fence, a drill to reinforce that he doesn't need to swing hard to hit the ball far. It worked, as he hit a three-run homer in the game.

FLU FIGHTERS: Odorizzi said he felt "a lot better" and will be good to start today. While sick and weak, Odorizzi was able to play catch each day and didn't miss any work. "I don't really foresee any issues for (today)," he said. … Cash wanted to give usual 3B Evan Longoria one more day at DH as he recovers since being sidelined Thursday. He also moved Longoria up to third in the order, which may now be common against lefty starters.

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