Drew Smyly likely needs season-ending shoulder surgery

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Rays starter Drew Smyly went on the disabled list on Friday — retroactive to May 6 — due to left shoulder soreness. The Rays are likely going to miss him for the rest of the season, as it’s now believed he will need season-ending shoulder surgery, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Smyly will have an MRI on Monday to determine the exact severity of his injury.

Smyly started the season on the disabled list after battling shoulder tendinitis throughout most of the spring, so the latest news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. He pitched well in three starts for the Rays, compiling a 2.70 ERA with a 21/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.

Erasmo Ramirez is one of the top candidates to fill in for Smyly in the Rays’ rotation. He has pitched mostly in relief but has made two starts. Across 17 1/3 innings, he has an ugly 8.31 ERA with a 14/7 K/BB ratio.