Drew Smyly Reportedly Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Elbow Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 31, 2017

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Drew Smyly warms up during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. The Mariners defeated the Indians 7-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The Seattle Mariners' pitching depth has already taken a hit with left-hander Drew Smyly starting the regular season on the disabled list. 

Per Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Smyly is expected to miss six to eight weeks due to a flexor strain in his left elbow.

Smyly originally suffered the injury on Tuesday during a between-start bullpen session, per Dutton. 

The Mariners acquired Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays during the offseason. The 27-year-old tossed a career-high 175.1 innings last season, though he also posted a career-worst 4.88 ERA with 32 home runs allowed. 

Smyly was penciled in as part of a Seattle rotation that also includes Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Yovani Gallardo. Dillon Overton could be bumped into the rotation to take Smyly's spot for the time being. 

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