Drew Smyly expected to miss first regular-season start

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Rays left-hander Drew Smyly is making progress in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis, but he has not yet resumed throwing off a mound and looks to be running out of time.

Rays manager Kevin Cash told Rogers Mooney of the Tampa Tribune on Sunday that Smyly is likely to miss his first regular-season start, though the hope is that Smyly will be good to go by his second turn through the Rays rotation.

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.

He’s expected to be a big part of the rotation this summer for the Rays.