According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to shut down starting pitcher Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season.
#Rays make it official; Smyly is shut down for season. Officially TBA for Friday
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 9, 2014
This is not due to injury, but rather because of the amount of innings hurled by the southpaw. Smyly, acquired by Tampa Bay in the David Price deadline trade, has thrown 153 innings this season, far more that he’d thrown in an any single season in his still young career. The Rays want to assure that they don’t overwork Smyly, who they’ll need for the 2015 campaign.
Tampa Bay sits 10.5 games out of a playoff spot, and appear to be setting their sights towards next season, when they’ll feature a rotation that should include Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, the aforementioned Smyly, and Matt Moore, who will be returning from injury.
Smyly has been nothing short of sensational since joining the Rays, pitching to a 1.70 ERA and 0.76 WHIP over 47.2 innings pitched. The 25-year-old also has 44 strike outs in that span. The Rays are very excited about their young left-hander, who should be a mainstay in that talented rotation for years to come. Enny Romero, Cesar Ramos, and Alex Colome are potential replacements for Smyly’s spot in these final weeks.