There may be a glimmer of hope for the Tampa Bay Rays with regards to their rotation. Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly has decided to forego shoulder surgery as reported by Matt Stein of Sports Talk Florida. Instead he will undergo a rehab process that should last him up to eight weeks and will hopefully enable him to toe the rubber again in 2015.
According to reports, the MRI Smyly took showed that the labrum tear in his left shoulder was not “significant” and would not require surgery. Hopefully, for Smyly and the Rays, all goes well during this rehab and he will in fact be able to take the mound again sometime over the summer. The southpaw is obviously a key piece of the Rays; he was the main piece in the David Price blockbuster trade that enticed the Rays to swing the deal with the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners.
If his rehab be successful and he does come back in the summer, it would be a major shot in the arm for the Rays. Despite a busy last few months that has seen them deal away some assets in a potential rebuild process, they hold a solid 22-19 record that has them currently tied for first place in AL East division with the New York Yankees.
Right now their rotation is being led by right-handed ace Chris Archer. They are getting solid contribution from the rest of their starters but are awaiting the return of lefty Matt Moore who missed most of last year due to Tommy John surgery. The fact that they could be getting both Moore and Smyly back in the same span is nothing short of wonderful news for a surprise contender such as the Rays as this moment. Should Smyly make it back, expect the Rays’ rotation to be comprised of Archer, Moore, Smyly, Jake Odorizzi, and right-hander Nathan Karns with right-handed pitcher Alex Colome moving to the bullpen.