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Tampa Bay Rays: Scenarios for Returns of Drew Smyly, Alex Colome

By Robbie Knopf
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Sep 1, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) fist pumps teammates after he pitched against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4) Start Smyly or Colome and Then Have a Bullpen Day

Drew Smyly got up to 68 pitches in his last rehab start. The Tampa Bay Rays have talked about giving him an extra minor league outing, but does that really make sense at this point? He didn’t look that great last time, but if he is healthy, as he certainly appears to be, that shouldn’t make a difference. He is better than Colome, not to mention every other pitcher that could make this start, and has thrown more pitches. It makes sense that he should be getting the ball for that game.

Since a start on short rest for Colome would essentially create bullpen day anyway, it doesn’t make sense for him to start unless Andriese or Smyly is going the day before him. If Smyly is starting and then the Rays have a bullpen day, though, that would set up Colome more nicely than before. The Rays could call him up on the 26th and then have him available to provide length anytime between that game and the 29th.

The dream would be to have Colome throw the last three innings of a blowout win, but he would also be available in case anybody had a rough start. Then the Rays could have him toss a bullpen session or two in preparation for his start on May 5th and maybe get him in for another inning of a game on his throw day like we saw with Cesar Ramos last year.

Next: Option 5: Starting Both Smyly and Colome

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