The Tampa Bay Rays have been trucking along all season without starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow. With the playoffs approaching, it appears he could be back for a hopeful World Series run.
The hard-throwing righty is starting a rehab assignment next week with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Via Marc Topkin:
#Rays Glasnow is lined up to start a rehab assignment Wednesday with AAA @DurhamBulls, pending how he feels and how his bullpen session before then goes. Will be a slow buildup, starting with 1 inning in 1st game
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 2, 2022
Tyler Glasnow will take things slow as noted because after all, he did undergo Tommy John Surgery last August. It was a real shame for Tampa to lose him at that point, too. Glasnow looked fantastic in 2021 before going on the shelf, going 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts, striking out 123 in 88 innings.
The Rays just handed the 29-year-old a two-year extension and when healthy, he'll give this team one of the best one-two punches in the big leagues alongside Shane McClanahan, who is in the midst of a Cy Young campaign.
It's going to take some time for Tyler Glasnow to be starting games again in the Majors. He could honestly be used more as a reliever at first, but in the long run, the hope is Glasnow will return to form and dominate.
The Rays are currently in a Wild Card spot in the American League and still have a fighting chance in the AL East, trailing the New York Yankees by six games. Despite Glasnow's injury and other setbacks for their staff, Kevin Cash's squad has a stellar ERA of 3.32.
That being said, having Glasnow on the mound again would be nothing but a boost, regardless of the role he plays.