Rays Power Arm To Make Season Debut This Week

He's one of the most dominating arms in the game, and he's been missed dearly by the Tampa Bay Rays the past season and a half. But it appears that Tyler Glasnow's return is now imminent.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Glasnow will be activated and start for the first time since June 14, 2021 on Wednesday, against the Cleveland Guardians. He'll be limited to about 45 pitches. 

His rehab performance with the Durham Bulls in Triple-A has been, shall we say, sizzling. 

He struck out six and walked one over 2⅔ hitless innings in his fourth start for Durham on Friday night. 

The 29-year-old is expected to throw a light bullpen session today (Sunday), and if all goes well, he'll be bringing that nasty stuff back to the Rays staff just in time for the playoffs. How much he'll be able to provide on a per-outing basis remains to be seen. 

Before he went down to Tommy John surgery in 2021, he had  a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts, along with a 0.93 WHIP and a 123:27 K/BB ratio. Wins/losses are a passé stat for pitchers in baseball, but it's still worth noting that Glasnow is 16-4 with the Rays since 2019 with a 3.10 ERA and 12.2 K/9.

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