DETROIT -- That huge blister Drew Smyly had on his left index finger last week isn't there anymore. Nor does the doubt that Smyly should be ready to pitch when he's eligible to come off the disabled list next week in Texas.
"I threw a bullpen [session]. It's fine," Smyly said. "It's good to go. It's just a matter of waiting to come off the DL."
He might get a rehab outing before that, if all goes well. The Tigers could send him out for a few innings of work at Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
He's eligible to come off next Tuesday, and from what manager Jim Leyland said over the weekend, the Tigers are hoping they can pitch him that night. Jacob Turner makes his season debut Thursday, five days earlier, so Smyly could fall into that slot and bring the Tigers' rotation back to the five starters they had when the season began.
Smyly believes the hot, humid conditions in Cincinnati during his last start likely led to the blister. Temperatures are forecast to hit triple digits in Texas next week, including a high of 102 and a low of 78 next Tuesday.