Tampa Bay Rays: Tyler Glasnow could skip 1st start, Morton logs 5 IP
By Seth Carter
The Tampa Bay Rays have had some notable players missing from camp. With just 10 days left until Opening Day, Tyler Glasnow has arrived. Will he be ready?
The Tampa Bay Rays are scheduled to begin the 2020 season against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 24. Tyler Glasnow was spotted at camp yesterday and has 10 days from today to get ready for the season.
Glasnow was slated to be the team’s number three starter but may now have to skip a turn in the rotation.
The reason for his absence is unknown to the public. Glasnow is not the only player who has been missing from camp.
Reliever Diego Castillo recently returned from a brief absence as he tended to some family issues. Randy Arozarena, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose Marinez have been absent since the beginning of camp. Brendan McKay hasn’t been seen working in over a week, and Austin Meadows has not been in action since the very first workout on July 3.
Tampa Bay Rays – Charlie Morton is feeling good
With all the talk about pitchers not being ready and starters only being able to go three innings to start the season, Charlie Morton has other ideas.
Morton pitched in a simulated game last week and went 47 pitches, throwing 79% strikes. After the start, Morton said he expected to be able to pitch at least five innings from day one.
Yesterday, according to Juan Toribio of MLB.com, Charlie Morton was able to complete five innings of work.
Tampa Bay Rays – Fantasy Take
While uncertainty surrounds starting pitchers around the league, Morton is one of the few that seems to be getting his arm stretched out ahead of the rest. Players like Morton, that can be relied upon at the start of the season could be the difference makers in a fantasy baseball season. It’s also worth noting that Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole recently went 5.2 innings with nine Ks in a recent intrasquad game.
Having Morton ready to roll at the start will provide some stability to a pitching staff that should have a lot of shuffling about.