The Rays seem to be getting healthier as they head into the final five weeks of the season, with several key injured players making progress to returns.
* Pitcher Tyler Glasnow, sidelined since May with a forearm strain, threw off the the mound Monday for the first time since June and said everything felt good, that he was “optimistic” about the injury being healed and that there was a “very high” chance he would be pitching in games in September for the Rays.
Glasnow, who threw 15 fastballs on Monday, has to throw another bullpen session and then a live batting practice on the next road trip, with a plan to make a rehab appearance on or about Aug. 30 for the Stone Crabs. Of note, he said the plan is for him to come back as a reliever, which would expedite his return in eliminating the need for extra rehab outings to add innings to his workload.
Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays also are optimistic, and that they hadn’t yet discussed whether he would be used as a late game weapon or as an opener.
* Infielder Brandon Lowe, out since early July with a bruised right leg, was traveling to Durham on Monday to move his rehab to the Triple-A level with the Bulls. Lowe played two games with the Stone Crabs and said he felt good, though still needs to work a bit on his running. Lowe said he would hope to rejoin the Rays during the seven-game trip that starts Thursday in Baltimore.
* Infielder Joey Wendle, out since late July with wrist soreness, also moved to Durham to continue his rehab after playing in Port Charlotte and is also optimistic of a return in the next week or so.