Rays starter Jake Odorizzi was tended to by a team trainer, then was taken out of the game with one out in the fifth inning during Friday’s start against the Mariners. Odorizzi had allowed an infield single to Brad Miller, then struck out Mike Zunino before walking Dustin Ackley on four pitches. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune suggests the injury has to do with Odorizzi’s right side.
Odorizzi, 25, has been stellar in 11 starts for the Rays entering Friday’s action. He compiled a 2.61 ERA with a 59/14 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. Needless to say, losing Odorizzi for any amount of time hurts the Rays, who are 29-26 and only a game behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.
The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.
Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.
Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.