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Tampa Bay Rays Shut Down Drew Smyly

The Tampa Bay Rays have decided to shut down left-hander Drew Smyly for the remainder of the season after a rather impressive string of starts since being traded from the Detroit Tigers on July 31.

Smyly, 25, finishes the year 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 28 appearances (25 starts). He was 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA in seven starts with the Rays the season.

He pitched a career-high 153 innings this year, easily topping his previous high of 99 1/3 as a rookie in 2012.

Smyly came to the Rays in the trade that sent ace David Price to the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said a player likely would be brought up from the minors to take Smyly’s turn in the rotation Friday at Toronto. that player will likely beat Nate Karns the rRays acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals last winter.

Kanns Has pitched in AAA Durham for Tampa Bay this year going 9-9 with a 5.08 ERA. Karns features a mid 90s fastball and has struck out 153 batters in 145 innings of work this season.

James Rhodes

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