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Rays confirm labrum tear for Drew Smyly

Drew Smyly will be out for a significant amount of time as its been confirmed that he has a torn labrum.

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While it was already known that Drew Smyly would be out for the season, it wasn't until now that the Rays confirmed that his labrum was torn.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a> move Smyly to 60-day DL. He will see Dr. Meister in Texas, still deciding between surgery and rehab</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/598573668143333376">May 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Smyly is getting a second opinion before deciding on how to proceed, but it would seem that surgery is the most likely option. Any type of arm injury is bad news for a pitcher, but the shoulder is especially awful. He is undoubtedly lost for the entirety of 2015, but it's difficult to place a timetable on his return. At least a year is a reasonable expectation, but after that it's anyone's guess. This unfortunately comes on the heels of the news that teammate Alex Cobb will also miss the remainder of the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Fortunately for the Rays, left-handed pitcher Matt Moore is nearing a rehab assignment, and will likely join the team at some point in early June. For now, their rotation will consist of Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Nate Karns, Alex Colome, and for Erasmo Ramirez.