Tyler Glasnow Will Begin Minor League Rehab Assignment

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow is going to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. The right-hander will throw one inning for the Bulls in his first game back since Tommy John surgery. He last appeared for the Tampa Bay Rays on June 14, 2021, against the Chicago White Sox. Glasnow tore the UCL and flexor strain in this throwing arm.

Although he still needs time to ramp up, he began throwing bull sessions on July 23 and progressed to hitters on August 20. When Glasnow faced hitters, his fastball touched 97 mph in a 21-pitch live batting practice session. He eventually joined Durham to continue throwing live batting practice sessions.

When he’s healthy, the 29-year-old was dominant last season. In addition to this fastball, he added a slider to enhance his pitch repertoire. He was well on his way to a Cy Young campaign season, posting a 2.66 ERA with a 0.932 WHIP with 123 strikeouts in 88 innings over 14 starts. Glasnow, alongside Austin Meadows and Shane Baz, arrived in a 2018 trade deadline deal for Chris Archer. Since his arrival, Glasnow has been spectacular since. Over 48 regular season starters, Glasnow is 17-9 with a 3.10 ERA, 354 strikeouts, and 82 walks in 261 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay awarded their 2021 Opening Day starter with a two-year, $30.35 mi lion extension on August 26. The deal will pay him $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024. The money in the second term of the contract is the most the Rays have ever paid a pitcher in a season. Before Glasnow’s extension, the highest the Rays have ever paid a player in a season was Charlie Morton, who was paid $15 million in 2019 and 2020.

The Rays currently have the first AL Wil  Card spot in the standings. With October baseball just around the corner, there’s a possibility Glasnow returns this season. If so, a healthy Glasnow joining Shane McClanahan could give the Rays a duo-threat at the top of the rotation.

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Players mentioned:

Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Shane Baz, Chris Archer, Charlie Morton, Shane McClanahan