The fears of the Tampa Bay Rays organization and fans were realized on Tuesday as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that RHP Tyler Glasnow would undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
Glasnow has been out since June 14, when he complained of pain in his throwing elbow. It was discovered that he partially tore his right UCL and he attempted to rehab it back to pitch this season.
However, it proved to be too much as we soon found out Glasnow had complaining of arm problems since first suffering an injury during the 2019 season.
As we found out once the MLB trade deadline passed, the Rays’ front office went about the deadline with the assumption that Glasnow wouldn’t return to pitch this season.
With more than a dozen pitchers currently on the IL, it would’ve only made sense for the Rays to acquire pitching to help out, but knowing the Rays, they wouldn’t overpay for a probable two-month rental.
The moves that Tampa Bay did make included trading LHP Rich Hill to the Mets, RHP Diego Castillo to the Mariners for RHP JT Chargois and acquiring RHP DJ Johnson from Cleveland.
ws seemed to be inevitable, and it’s made worse knowing that Glasnow will probably be sidelined through the entire 2022 season.
As of now, it’s not worth it to rush him back knowing he’s Tampa Bay’s ace, but now that he’s officially out long-term, the Rays will need to find ways to piece the starting rotation together.
It seems that Luis Patino, Shane McClanahan and Ryan Yarbrough will be mainstays, and Michael Wacha will last through the 2021 season. Hopefully, Chris Archer will be back soon to help as well as Brent Honeywell and if all works out, Shane Baz later.
However, the Rays will now have to do what they can to push through the rest of the season as they make their push to defend the AL pennant.