Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly likely needs season-ending surgery to address his persistent shoulder injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Smyly missed the first three weeks of the season after he was diagnosed with tendonitis in his throwing shoulder during spring training. He made his first start of the season on April 24 and was placed on the disabled list Friday after complaining of stiffness in the shoulder during his third start of the season on Tuesday.
Smyly's "shoulder problems include a tear in his labrum that seems likely to require season-ending surgery," Topkin reports. He will have an MRI on Monday.
Smyly was the centerpiece of the trade that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers last season. He had a 3.24 ERA in 153 innings between Detroit and Tampa Bay last season. The Rays' pitchers currently have the third-best combined ERA in the American League.
- Dan Gartland