Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that the team wants to get him back as soon as possible, which might mean bringing him back once he's built up to handle 75 pitches.
Smyly was asked about that possibility on Tuesday.
"I want to get back as soon as possible," Smyly said. "But right now, it's just one game at a time. I have to feel confident and ready to face Major League hitters. Can't just jump in there. [Otherwise] I don't know if I'll do the team that much good. But I'm hoping to do that as soon as I can."
Smyly believes he'll know a lot more about his progress following Thursday's outing.
"Yeah. I haven't even thrown a game yet," Smyly said. "When I get out there and face hitters, see how I'm competing with my pitches, I'll know a lot more. But right now, I can't really say."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.