Tyler Glasnow will officially miss the start of the regular season after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 left oblique strain, the Tampa Bay Rays announced Tuesday. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Glasnow is entering his eighth season as a pro, and his sixth as a Ray.
Glasnow has a history of injuries
Tyler Glasnow has been bothered by the injury for some time now. He suffered a forearm injury in 2021, following that with a major elbow injury. He underwent Tommy John surgery in Aug. 2021 and only had three appearances the following season.
Tampa Bay traded star pitcher Chris Archer for Glasnow among other young players, hoping they were buying low on his talent. Since being acquired by the Rays in 2018, Glasnow has only played in 50 games. The Rays hoped he’d provide depth in their rotation, but he’s spent more time on the IL than on the active roster.
Glasnow signed a two-year, $30,350,000 contract prior to this season, with just over $5 million on the books this year. It would be a real disappointment for the Rays if he once again missed significant time throughout this season. Rays’ manager Kevin Cash didn’t sound too worried about the injury, showing optimism that he’ll be okay.
“I talked to him this morning — typical soreness, bothers him to sneeze, cough, whatever,” Cash said. “It gives us better workload management for him so he’s not yelling at me every time I take him out in the fifth inning.”
Tampa Bay Times
The 6-8 week projected timeline would have him ready to go for late April. The Rays will need him healthy to give them confidence in their starting rotation. Yonny Chirinos, Luis Patiño, Josh Fleming, and Taj Bradley are potential replacements for Glasnow, but they’ll have plenty of time to decipher that. Tampa Bay was top five in regular season ERA (3.41) in 2022, trailing only the Dodgers, Astros, and Yankees.
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