Drew Smyly has no setbacks during second rehab start in minors

April 14, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly took another step forward in his rehab Tuesday morning by allowing one hit and striking out four in three innings for High-A Charlotte.

Smyly, 25, threw 40 pitches (28 strikes) against the Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds) in Port Charlotte, Florida, during his second rehab start as he continues to recover from left shoulder tendinitis. He also threw 12 more pitches from the bullpen.

"No setbacks, so it's great," Smyly told the Charlotte Sun. "I'm just anxious to get these next couple starts out of the way so I can get back in the big leagues."

Smyly is expected to make another rehab start Sunday, with his targeted return to the Rays' rotation set for late April.

"It felt good," Smyly told the Charlotte Sun. "Another step forward. I'm just trying to build up my pitch count, work on my pitches. All in all, it was a good day."

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