Drew Smyly’s season is over without ever really starting for the Seattle Mariners.
On Wednesday, the team announced that Smyly will under surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, ending his 2017 campaign. The reconstruction procedure known as “Tommy John surgery” is tentatively scheduled for July 6 and will be performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
“I feel bad for Drew,” manager Scott Servais said. “I know how excited he was when we acquired him, and him getting and opportunity to pitch in Seattle, how excited he was to be part of the team, all the other good stuff. It got away from him. The injury, certainly he didn’t everything he could to try to get back with us, doing all the treatments and procedures and whatnot to try to figure it out.”
After throwing a simulated inning of 25 pitches on Saturday, Smyly told doctors that something with his arm didn’t feel right. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre noted that Smyly said there was tightness in his elbow when he was throwing breaking pitches. The simulated game that he was scheduled to throw on Wednesday was scratched. Smyly was then examined by team doctors again.
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“Coming out of the simulated game the other day, I actually thought it was OK for the first time being out there,” Servais said. “It didn’t wow you with the stuff, but coming in after that, he made mention to our trainers that it didn’t feel all that great. I was just, ‘Typical soreness.’ I was trying to stay positive throughout the whole thing. Then, doctors took some more looks at it. Just found out a little bit ago where it’s heading.”
The hope was that Smyly would return after the All-Star break and help a rotation that is being held together with duct tape and pitchers that weren’t expected to contribute this season. But that hope has been…