The left-hander allowed two runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out five. He threw 55 of 79 pitches for strikes.
''That's baseball,'' said Smyly, who was hampered by tendinitis in spring training. ''I had a pre-determined pitch count and it stinks that it landed with one out to go in the fifth.''
Smyly got off to a great start Friday, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before Devon Travis hit a one-out home run in the fourth inning. Smyly then allowed three straight singles. The last single in the sequence produced another run.
Smyly was then lifted in the fifth inning after retiring the first two batters.
''Extremely unfortunate that his pitch count kind of got to the difficult decision-making zone, and that's on me that we had to prioritize his health over his record at this point,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''I apologize to him, but that's the plan we had in place and we wanted to stick to it.''
He is schedule to make his next start Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees.
Loney has been dealing with an oblique injury, while a shouler injury has kept Smyly sidelined. He is set to make his season debut Friday against the Blue Jays.
"He's worked really hard to get back here, he's chomping at the bit, and we have to be smart with him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB Network Radio. "We'll be cautious."
Meanwhile, with Smyly and Loney no longer on the disabled list, the team sent Mike Mahtook and
Smyly will make his season debut against the Blue Jays on Friday after opening the season on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury suffered this spring.
"Last time I faced them, I had the best game I've played," Smyly said, per MLB.com. "But I'm sure they could hit quite a few home runs, too, if I'm a little bit off. They have a lot of power up and down the lineup. A lot of righties. They're a very, very dangerous lineup. But baseball's crazy, man. You never know what's going to happen. It could work out well, it could work out bad. You just have to go out there and compete. That's all there is to it."
Loney has been dealing with an oblique injury but was able to serve as the designated hitter in his rehab debut Thursday.
"I'm excited," he said, per MLB.com. "I'm excited about getting the season going. It stinks sitting on the sidelines watching the team perform. I'm just anxious to get out there and get the first start out of the way... To me, I felt ready. My arm's ready... So hopefully I can help the team any way I can. Whether that's five or six innings, that's great."
Smyly has been sidelined since injuring his shoulder in spring training. He made three starts on a rehab assignment, allowing two hits and three walks in 8 2/3 innings. He also had nine strikeouts.
Smyly won his only start against Toronto in 2014, tossing a two-hit, complete-game shutout. He had four strikeouts.
Smyly threw 70 pitches while racking up 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his most recent rehab outing Sunday as he continues his return from shoulder tendinitis. If the team decides he's not quite ready to return, Smyly would make one more rehab start before likely making his debut next week.
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