Drew Smyly throws off mound for first time since March 6


Some good news this weekend out of Rays camp …

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, lefty starter Drew Smyly reported no abnormal discomfort after throwing 20 fastballs off a mound on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Florida. It was his first mound work since March 6. “Felt great,” Smyly told reporters afterward. “Right direction, for sure.”

Smyly will throw another two or three bullpen sessions before the Rays’ training staff decides whether to clear him for Grapefruit League play. He hasn’t appeared in a game yet this spring due to left shoulder tendinitis and the expectation is that he’ll miss the first week of the regular season.

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 moved David Price to Detroit.