The Detroit Tigers were given some promising news about injured left-handed starting pitcher Drew Smyly on Tuesday, as the rookie hurler completed a pain-free first bullpen session since going on the disabled list on June 14.
While he still won't be eligible to return to Detroit's active roster until next week, Smyly is adamant that he's 100% over the blister injury that forced him to the bench earlier in the month. "It's not a problem anymore," Smyly told MLive.com's Chris Iott. "I'm good to go as soon as I come off the DL."
The 23-year-old rookie was an integral part of the Tigers' rotation before his injury, posting a 3.96 ERA through 12 starts with a respectable 1.27 WHIP. Considering how quickly Smyly has already proclaimed himself ready for action after suffering the blister a mere five days ago, it appears quite likely that the DL stint was merely a formality and that he'll be able to pick up right where he left off.