Drew Smyly to Undergo Tommy John Surgery to Repair Elbow Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz. Smyly will begin the season on the disabled list and could be out up to two months because of a strained left elbow. General manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday, March 31, 2017, that Smyly likely will miss six to eight week. He will rehab the injury and surgery is not expected, but he likely will get a second opinion. (AP Photo/Matt York, File(
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The Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that starting pitcher Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm.

The surgery has been tentatively scheduled for July 6, and Smyly will miss the remainder of the season once the procedure is complete. 

His expected timetable for recovery has been pegged between 12-15 months. 

The announcement comes a day after Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre told reporters Smyly suffered a setback in his recovery that resulted in him getting scratched from a simulated start, according to the Seattle TimesRyan Divish

Smyly, 28, was initially diagnosed with a left flexor strain toward the end of spring training, and things spiraled out of control from there. 

Now headed for a rehabilitation program that will span at least a year, Smyly will have to wait until next summer at the earliest to make his Mariners debut after the team acquired him in a January trade with the Tampa Bay Rays

For his career, the southpaw is 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.199 WHIP and mark of 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. 

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