Rays P Tyler Glasnow out 6-8 weeks with oblique injury after missing most of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery
Tyler Glasnow’s injury problems won’t end in 2023.
The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher will be out for six to eight weeks after an MRI revealed a grade II left oblique curve, the Rays announced Tuesday.
Per Mark Topkin of Tampa Bay TimesGlasnow was injured during a live practice session on Monday, ending the session after about six passes due to discomfort. Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed to reporters that the right-hander will be out when the team opens its season on March 30.
Cash reportedly noted that the injury can’t be a total loss as Race wanted to limit Glasnow’s workload after returning last year from Tommy John surgery:
“It allows us to better manage his workload so he doesn’t yell at me every time I hit him out of the game in the fifth inning,” Cash said.
While on the hill, Glasnow has been one of the highest performing pitches in MLB for the Rays, posting a 2.75 ERA with a .973 WHIP and 300 strikeouts in 212.1 innings over the past four seasons. The catch, of course, is that there are only innings.
Glasnow missed most of the 2019 season with a sprained right forearm and then required Tommy John surgery in June 2021 that wiped out the remainder of that year and nearly all of 2022. Glasnow returned in time to make one regular season start and one postseason start. allowing one earned run in 11.2 innings by hitting 15.
The Rays enter this year looking to build on an 86-76 season in which they finished third in East Alabama and received a wild card. More innings from Glasnow was the main reason for optimism, but now they’ll have to wait at least a few weeks to really get going.