After more than a year on the shelf, star pitcher Tyler Glasnow is finally back for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Glasnow is scheduled to start against the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday, which will be his first appearance in an MLB game since June 14, 2021. He missed the entire second half last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and spent most of this year recovering as well.
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The 6-foot-8 right-hander was having an All-Star-caliber showing for Tampa Bay in 2021 before going down, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 88 innings. The Rays are hopeful he can pick up where he left off, especially with the postseason starting next Friday.
Thankfully for Tampa Bay, the team was able to survive his prolonged absence, going 85-69 without him this year. Many felt he could have been a difference-maker last October when the Rays fell to the Boston Red Sox during the ALDS despite finishing with the best record in the American League (100-62).
While his postseason record is spotty (2-5 with a 6.56 ERA), a healthy Glasnow could be what puts Tampa Bay over the top this year. The Rays have yet to win a World Series despite making the playoffs seven times since 2008, reaching the Fall Classic twice. FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds give them +3200 odds of winning it all this year.
With his elite swing-and-miss stuff, Glasnow adds a major weapon to Tampa Bay's pitching staff. He'll need to get back in the swing of things quickly as the Rays still need to lock up a Wild Card spot before the regular season ends.
Wednesday's outing against Cleveland will be a good test for Glasnow, as the Guardians are also playoff-bound and could end up facing Tampa Bay in the postseason. Rays fans can only hope that his arm is up to the challenge.