Drew Smyly Leaves with the Trainer After Trying to Warm Up for the 4th Inning (UPDATE: Oblique)

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Drew Smyly Leaves with the Trainer After Trying to Warm Up for the 4th Inning (UPDATE: Oblique)

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Drew Smyly has been, simply, a solid starting pitcher for the Cubs this year. That’s more or less all they need him to be, both at the back of their rotation and as a possible trade piece in July.

Tonight, he was also solid, with three no-hit innings to start the game, and then he came out to warm up for the 4th, threw a few pitches, and David Ross and the trainer came out to see him. Then he left. So, yeah. Something is not right, and I won’t speculate on what exactly it is until we hear more. He didn’t look comfortable is all I could see on the broadcast.

Cubs pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, called up today as the 27th man after a wild career in the minors, took over for his big league debut. Kinda wish I coulda celebrated it more.

UPDATE: That’s what I was afraid of. Cubs said it was a “right oblique soreness,” which is kinda what it looked like Smyly was rubbing out there. So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but it’s pretty likely he’ll go for an MRI, and even if it’s extremely mild, he’s going to miss multiple weeks. That’s the best case scenario when it comes to obliques. Worst case is much, much longer.


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