ST. PETERSBURG — Tyler Glasnow will start on Sunday, just not for the Rays.
The right-hander will make at least one more minor league rehab start before the Rays add him back to their rotation. Glasnow threw at Tropicana Field on Friday before the Rays’ series opener against the Brewers and was trying to lobby to come back quicker.
“I’ll fly back tonight, pitch Sunday — as of now,” Glasnow said with a smile. “I’m still trying to veto to have me come back this Sunday here, but I think it’s probably too far gone. So we’ll see.”
Glasnow was overruled, however, by his manager.
“He’ll go throw in Durham one more time, and then hopefully it all goes well,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Happy that he told me today he felt 100 percent, so that’s great.”
Glasnow, who suffered a strained oblique in spring training, would likely be on his turn to return next weekend against the Dodgers if all goes well. He got pushed back by a scare during his March 10 rehab start, when he lasted just an inning.
“It felt like a weird tightness, and I was like, I’m not going to just even like, chance it a little bit,” Glasnow said. “I just felt like I was maybe, like, a little bit reserved. I didn’t want to change anything, so I just said, ‘Look, I’m just going to come back when I’m feeling good.’”
On Tuesday night, Glasnow said he was able to let loose as he pitched four scoreless innings with Durham.
“Good. Felt good,” Glasnow said. “Mechanics and everything was back to like feeling good and like, I can go compete and stuff. I felt really good.”
One more day
Yandy Diaz missed his fourth straight game with a left groin injury, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday, Cash said.
“No update other than that he’s doing really, really well. He wanted to play today,” Cash said Friday. “Figure let’s give him one more day. Rather be cautious than not.”
Diaz left Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium with groin soreness. An MRI revealed no damage and the Rays decided to play a man down for a few games rather than put him on the injured list and lose him for at least 10 days.
Friday began something of a reunion week at Tropicana Field with former Rays Willy Adames and Mike Brosseau returning with the Brewers.
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Adames was traded to Milwaukee in 2021, largely to make room for Wander Franco. Brosseau, who hit a memorable home run off then-Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in the 2020 playoffs, was traded in November 2021 .
“Look, they played big roles. They were part of a very exciting time for us,” Cash said.
“I mean, that 2020 run and the bubble situation (during the pandemic) and all that is something that I’ll never forget. I’m guessing them, either. And they contributed in so many ways during that season. So you certainly remember all the good times, and both of them are — as good of players as they are, they’re as good of people. (Brewers hitting coach) Ozzie (Timmons) is in that same category.”
Shane McClanahan struck out former Rays shortstop Willy Adames for his 400th career strikeout Friday, reaching the mark faster than any player in franchise history in terms of both games (63) and innings (343⅓), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Before Friday night’s game, the Brewers announced that left-hander Wade Miley is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a muscle strain in the back of his throwing shoulder
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