Rays, Tyler Glasnow at least talks about possible 2022 comeback

DETROIT — No one wants to get ahead of the game, and Tyler Glasnow still needs to take major steps in his rehabilitation after the Tommy John elbow surgery he underwent just over a year ago .

But as impressive as Glasnow has looked in his bullpen sessions and as good as he said he felt, the Rays say they’re at least willing to discuss the possibility of him pitching in. significant games this season.

“Luck is not zero,” pitching coach Kyle Snyder said. “Let’s say the same.

Glasnow threw the mound for more than a month and did it again Saturday at Comerica Park, this time under Snyder’s watchful eye.

The show has been something, with Snyder saying Glasnow is “perfectly healthy”, hitting 98-99mph, tweaking his snappy balls, resembling what he was doing before the August 4, 2021 operation which also included the facility of a corset.

“It’s pretty remarkable just to see where he’s at,” Snyder said.

Glasnow had an equally upbeat assessment, saying he felt “great” physically and mentally, was happy with his business and his timing felt like “2021”.

But Glasnow, 28, would go no further than Snyder, saying only that it’s possible he could pitch this season.

That’s because, despite all the work he’s done to get that run, he still has to pitch to batters (probably from August 20) and then pitch in minor league games, see how he feels, how he is doing and how he is recovering. Not to mention what his bosses think, who don’t want to jeopardize a full comeback in 2023.

“I don’t know,” Glasnow said. “For me, it’s hard to even think about it now. …Obviously, that came to mind. But I can’t give him a real answer until I’ve done all that and seen how I recover and all that kind of stuff. So it’s still a bit far.

Not that it wouldn’t be fun, even to return in a limited role like he did in September 2019 and the playoffs.

“Yeah, that would be awesome,” Glasnow said. “I think it sucks, especially when the team is in the playoffs and you can’t contribute. That being said, it’s not something I’m willing to rush into and pass stupid judgment because my ego wants to be tickled for a week.

Throw in

After considering a Sunday bullpen day arrangement to give their starters an extended rest around the Monday and Thursday holidays, the Rays opted to keep their rotation in order. That means Drew Rasmussen will start against the Tigers on Sunday, and lefties Ryan Yarbrough (possibly behind a first game) and Jeffrey Springs will face the Brewers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Snyder said the schedule would cause too much disruption, with three of the starters having seven days off between starts. Rasmussen said he was okay with not facing his old Milwaukee buddies: “You can really take advantage of the day off, which in this town isn’t a bad thing.”

Collection

Infielder Yu Chang pitched the eighth, allowing three hits, including a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop at 40 mph pitch. Chang, who said through interpreter Patrick Chu that he was trying to throw as slowly as possible at first, also threw a 39.7. … Third baseman Yandy Diaz did not play, the third time in nine games that he has been absent; Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays split rest days. In a 0-for-16 skid, Diaz also cut his hair quite short.

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