ST. PETERSBURG — Tyler Glasnow will make at least one more rehab start on Friday with Triple-A Durham, then the Rays could make a decision on bringing him back to the majors.
Manager Kevin Cash said the reports on Glasnow’s Sunday outing, his third with the Bulls, were impressive as he worked two perfect innings, struck out four of the six batters, threw 17 of 25 pitches for strikes and hit 99 mph three times.
“Really good,” Cash said “Two innings, four punchouts, fastball and slider, breaking ball — all the (velocities) were in line with what we saw before he was hurt and as he’s been coming back. Very consistent.”
The Rays have been deliberate in not setting expectations, much less a timeline, for Glasnow to return this year, though pitching coach Kyle Snyder said Monday the chances are now “better than 50 percent” that he does if all stays well.
Glasnow is working his way back from Aug. 4, 2021, Tommy John elbow surgery and the installation of a suture-like tape brace on the ligament; he last pitched in the majors June 14, 2021.
Glasnow said on The Chris Rose Rotation podcast that he would like to come back during the regular season to get acclimated ahead of a potential postseason appearance.
Assuming Glasnow throws Friday (likely three innings) and stays on a five- or six-day schedule, there would be time for two appearances, Sept. 28 or 29 (in Cleveland) and Oct. 4 or 5 (in Boston), adding an inning each time, before the playoffs.
“It would be nice to go up there and get some (innings) before (the playoffs) and kind of get that feeling again,” Glasnow said. “At the same time, it’s just about reps. Pitching is kind of just pitching, and just making sure I’m feeling good. Once I get out and try to compete, everything will take care of itself.”
McClanahan ready for more
Shane McClanahan felt fine but a bit different Thursday in Toronto after returning from a 15-day injured list stint (shoulder impingement) to make his first start since Aug. 24. “I felt normal (but) I could definitely tell it was four or five weeks, whatever it was (23 days) without an actual competitive game. But I feel like I’ve bounced back good. And I’m ready to get going for (Tuesday).”
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