TOLEDO, Ohio -- Drew Smyly is different from most Tigers pitchers.
The lefty is not a particularly hard thrower. He's known best for his control.
On Tuesday, making his first start in nearly a month, Smyly walked the first batter he faced. He then got two outs and walked another. Finally, Smyly got out of the inning with a fly ball.
Smyly, 23, had been on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain since July 7. His last start came before the All-Star break and was a good one -- he allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out 10.
Smyly suffered the side strain in that game but still managed to go six innings.
Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin said the plan was to have Smyly throw about 60 pitches Tuesday. That took Smyly through three innings against the Louisville Bats. He did not allow a run on two hits while walking two and striking out five.
"I felt good," Smyly said. "Obviously, my No. 1 concern was making sure my side felt good, which it did. It didn't bother me...