Many pitchers in the MLB have gotten Tommy John surgery and have missed at least a season due to the surgery. Since 2012, there have been around 100 cases of pitchers who need Tommy John to repair ligaments in their elbow.
Mariners new acquired LHP Drew Smyly has been suffering from an elbow injury since spring training. Smyly first experienced discomfort after one appearance in the WBC for Team USA and hasn’t pitched since.
Recently, Smyly began to play catch and do pitching drills. The Mariners aim for Smyly to be back around the All-Star break.His return looked promising as Seattle Mariners starting rotation has been subpar recently.
Drew experienced a setback while playing catch late last week, with a sharp pain in his left elbow. The Mariners scratched him from his scheduled simulated game because of the setback that he encountered.
On June 27, Drew Smyly was officially set for Tommy John surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews. He underwent an MRI and it showed a fully torn UCL. He will miss the remainder of the 2017 season and is likely to return in late 2018 or early 2019.
With the Mariners trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001, pitching is a big need for them. With two left-handed pitchers with James Paxton and Ariel Miranda, the rotation would be lefty heavy if Smyly would have returned this season.
Smyly does not have “front of the rotation” stuff but has shown to be a great number 2 or 3 starter in the past couple seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays. With two proven starters in Felix Herandez and James Paxton, a middle of the rotation man could be the difference if they made the playoffs this year or not.
Drew Smyly’s contract runs out at the end of the 2018 season and is most likely to be without an appearance in A Mariners uniform unless they resign him. His Mariners career could be known for his injuries.
As the All-Star break is coming up, the Mariners look to go into the break with at least a .500 record, which they are hanging around recently. A break will be much needed for the bullpen and the rotation.
Mariners travel to Los Angeles to face the Angels in the last series before the break. A big player to watch is Mariners OF Ben Gamel as he looks to qualify for the batting title with a .354 average, only needing 5 more plate appearances to be in the race with New York Yankees Aaron Judge and Tampa Bay Rays Corey Dickerson.