Drew Smyly Throws Successful Sim Game, Could Begin Rehab Assignment Soon

You might remember that the Cubs signed Drew Smyly, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, to a two-year, $10 million deal this past offseason. The general thought was Smyly could return late in the second half of this season and perhaps play a significant role in 2019.

The lefty last pitched in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays, starting 30 games with a 4.88 ERA and 4.50 FIP. The Cubs view him as something of a Mike Montgomery type who can work mainly in long relief, particularly if he’s able to come back this season.

Smyly threw a simulated game Sunday morning at Wrigley Field before the watchful eyes of Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and members of the Cubs’ training and medical staffs.

Smyly will throw another simulated game this upcoming Thursday, which will determine whether and how soon the lefty can begin a rehab assignment. If all is still going smoothly, Smyly will head out to the minors before August 1.

Even more encouraging is that Smyly might actually be able to fill a spot in the starting if he’s deemed able, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

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