Tampa Bay Rays shut down pitcher Drew Smyly for rest of season

Wednesday September 10th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Rays have shut down pitcher Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season after he set a new career-high by throwing 153 innings.

Smyly will not make his scheduled start on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays and Rays manager Joe Maddon said a player likely would be brought up from the minors to take Smyly's turn in the rotation.

"No reaction," Smyly said, according to MLB.com. "You knew it was coming. It was a matter of time. They thought it was now, and you just gotta agree and look forward to the future."

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Smyly, 25, was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a three-team trading deadline move that sent David Price to Detroit. He is 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA this season. Tampa Bay has 17 games left in the regular season and are 10 games back of the second wild card spot in the American League.

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