It has been a rough month for Tampa Bay pitchers. With starter Alex Cobb set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery tomorrow it appears the Rays will be without another valuable arm this year. On Wednesday the Rays confirmed lefty Drew Smyly has a torn labrum.
The Tampa Bay Times has reported that Smyly will travel to Texas and meet with Dr. Keith Meister for a second opinion. Following the visit the pitcher is expected to make a decision on whether to have surgery or opt for rehab. Regardless of his decision Smyly will be out for a significant amount of time, likely the entire season. If the 25-year-old decides to have surgery his absence would extend into the 2016 season.
Smyly had been great this year after coming off the DL (tendonitis.) After three starts, he had 21 strikeouts in just 16.2 innings. Team doctors believe the pitcher suffered the labrum injury during his May 5th start against the Red Sox.
On Wednesday, the team has moved Smyly to the 60-Day DL and claimed right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Blue Jays, who will be assigned to Triple-A Durham. With the Rays losing quality starters left and right, Matt Moore‘s arrival cannot come soon enough. Moore underwent Tommy John surgery last year and is slated to rejoin the team in the next few months. Tampa Bay is currently three games behind the first-place Yankees in a tightly packed A.L. East.