Today (June 28th, 2017), the Seattle Mariners announced that starting pitcher Drew Smyly will be undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Smyly had been rehabbing and resting since the injury flared up, but that clearly wasn’t enough for him to recover.
On Brock and Salk this morning, skipper Scott Servais said that Smyly didn’t feel too good after a simulated start last week and that the team doctors ran some more test. This is not what the team was hoping for, and certainly not what Smyly was hoping for either.
Tommy John surgery generally takes 12-15 months for a pitcher to recover and rehab from, if everything goes according to plan. So there is a possible that the M’s won’t see Smyly start for them before his contract expires.
Seattle had been hoping that Smyly’s potential return would boost the team’s push for a Wildcard berth. The team has had issues with their starting pitchers health this season, so Smyly’s absence for this season — and most of 2018 — is a devastating blow to the Mariners.
(Photo credit: Ross D. Franklin/AP – Seattle Time’s )