Tampa Bay Rays News: An unexplained absence kept Tyler Glasnow away until yesterday. He was back to work today and confirmed that he had COVID-19.
Tyler Glasnow went back to work as nothing happened. He said he had some minor symptoms and only found out he was positive due to MLB’s testing policy.
According to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, Glasnow logged 49 pitches today over 3.1 innings. He threw 28 strikes and struck out four batters. The plan is for Glasnow to add 15 pitches per outing with a goal of going about 80 pitches in his first start.
His 49 pitch showing today adds a lot of confidence to the question marks that surrounded him during his absence. There was even some concern over whether or not he would miss a start or two until he could build his arm back up.
Glasnow may have been in quarantine but it appears he found a way to keep throwing. Either that or he’s a freak of nature, which is possible.
Pitching Coach Kyle Snyder seems unconcerned with Glasnow’s absence due to the illness. He believes the big righty is back on track to break out as one of the premier starting pitchers in all of baseball.
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- Yasiel Puig has reportedly signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves and Rays will face off in the second series of the season.
- The Rays were picked by MLB.com as the second-best rotation in the game, behind only the Washington Nationals.
- 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. We won’t speculate on the reasons.
The return of Glasnow is great news in and of itself, but to see him exceed three innings in his first outing is cause for plenty of optimism.