Drew Smyly shut down with left shoulder tendinitis

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Drew Smyly is being viewed by many as a potential breakout candidate for the 2015 season, but this bit of news may throw a wrench into all of that …

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports Sunday that the 25-year-old starting pitcher has “a little bit of shoulder tendinitis” in his left arm and the Rays “are uncertain when he will pitch next.”

“Precautionary,” Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters about the sudden shutdown. “It’s kind of on him and how he feels from this point forward.”

Smyly posted a dominant 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season following the July three-team trade that sent him to Tampa Bay and David Price to Detroit.