New Phillies P Drew Smyly to start Sunday

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are wasting no time getting the recently signed Drew Smyly on the bump.

Pending a physical, Philadelphia announced on Friday that Smyly will start Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Phillies just signed Smyly earlier on Friday. Starting him this soon and without a couple outings in the minors is rather interesting.

Smyly, 30, struggled big time with the Texas Rangers earlier this season before being cut loose. He pitched to a 1-5 record with a 8.42 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 13 games (nine starts).

The veteran’s best season came back in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers when he posted a 6-0 record with a 2.37 ERA and 1.04 WHIP as a full-time reliever.

Smyly last pitched back on June 18.