The Rangers acquired Smyly (elbow) from the Cubs on Friday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Smyly hasn't pitched in game action since the World Baseball Classic prior to the 2017 season, having undergone Tommy John surgery that July. The Cubs free up some money -- Smyly is set to make $7 million in 2019 -- to help offset Cole Hamels' option for next season. The Rangers' pitching situation is wide open, but it's nearly impossible to predict Smyly's role or workload given his extensive layoff.
Smyly (elbow) will not return this season, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Smyly was looking like he had a shot to return to the big-league bullpen before the end of the season, but the team evidently felt like he wouldn't have time to be fully ready, so he's been shut down for the year. He'll wind up having missed a full year and a half after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in June of 2017, but he should be ready to pitch from the start of the 2019 season.
Smyly (elbow) threw a successful 23-pitch simulated game Tuesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Smyly, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery he underwent in June of 2017, said he felt great afterwards and believes he's ready to return to game action. The Cubs will likely wait to reevaluate him in the coming days before determining his next step, but it sounds like Smyly could be pitching out of the big-league bullpen soon.
Smyly (elbow) will pitch one inning during a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A South Bend, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Smyly is set to appear in a live game for the first time since last June after undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. He's been able to throw a decent helping of simulated games, but this will be his first test at the minor-league level. This outing and any additional rehab appearances will go a long way in determining whether Smyly can return to the majors this season.
Smyly (elbow) tossed a simulated game Sunday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Smyly, who has been facing hitters for the better part of August, pitched exclusively against Victor Cartini and a rehabbing Kris Bryant (shoulder). The southpaw hasn't endured any reported setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could soon be ready to pitch in an uncontrolled setting, but it remains uncertain if he'll be activated from the 60-day disabled list before the season draws to a close. If Smyly does debut for the Cubs in 2018, it would likely be out of the bullpen, as he's running out of time to build up for a starter's workload.
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