Tyler Glasnow to Rejoin Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Guardians. The right-hander hasn’t pitched this season after having Tommy John surgery in August 2021. The Rays’ Opening Day starter in 2021 was 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts. Glasnow will be a key addition as Tampa Bay fight for a Wild Card spot. Additionally, manager Kevin Cash said Glasnow will throw about 45 pitches in his outing, allowing him to throw two to three innings.

The 29-year-old is a top-end starter who throws many high velocity pitches. In 48 appearances with the Rays, Glasnow owns a 3.10 ERA with a 134 ERA+. He also owns a 4.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio over the 261 innings he’s pitched in his career. With Triple-A Durham, Glasnow threw 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts, allowing one run, one hit and four walks. In addition, Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract last month. He’s making $5.1 million this season, then will earn $5.35 next season, then $25 million in 2024.

Originally acquired as part of a four-player trade in 2018, Tampa Bay netted him along with Shane Baz and Austin Meadows from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Chris Archer. Even so, Glasnow’s return is welcoming news for a team who has had nothing but bad news of late. Over the weekend, Tampa Bay announced that Baz will miss the remainder of the season and next season due to his own Tommy John surgery. Then, Brandon Lowe is out for the year due to a back issue.

Nine games on the schedule as Tampa Bay enters Tuesday with an 84-69 record. They’re a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the top spot in the American League Wild Card. The Rays have a half-game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the second spot. They’re 4 1/2 games up on the Baltimore Orioles, who are on the outside looking in.

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Tyler Glasnow, Kevin Cash, Shane Baz, Austin Meadows, Chris Archer, Brandon Lowe