Rays’ ace Tyler Glasnow has partially torn UCL, flexor tendon strain; will attempt to rehab without surgery – About Your Online Magazine


Tampa Bay Rays at Tyler Glasnow, who left the beginning on Monday night because of an inflammation in the elbow, has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and flexor tendon strain, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Glasnow will try to rehabilitate the injury without undergoing Tommy John surgery, though it is unclear what his chances of avoiding that fate are.

Glasnow, 27, has had a fantastic performance in his first 14 games this season. He compiled an ERA of 2.66 (145 ERA+) and a strikethrough to walk ratio of 4.56 on 88 entries. Although the Rays tend to avoid long starts, they have recently allowed him to work at least seven innings in four of his last five matches, entering Monday’s competition against the Chicago White Sox.

In the short term, the Rays will likely try to make up for Glasnow’s absence by calling right-handed Luis Patiño of Triple-A Durham. The Rays have a few other early pitchers at this level that can pitch as needed, including Brent Honeywell Jr. and Drew Strotman. (the newly promoted Shane Baz, purchased together with Glasnow from Pittsburgh Pirates, seems unlikely to get the call anytime soon.)

Rays may also enter the commercial market in the coming weeks in an attempt to offset Glasnow’s loss. The Rays have one of the deepest farming systems in baseball, and theoretically they could be a player for any and every starting pitcher on the market, as long as they’re willing to earn a salary.

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The Rays came in on Tuesday with a 43-24 record for the season, good for first place and a three-game lead in the American League East. The Rays will continue their streak with the White Sox on Tuesday before flying to the west coast for four games against the Seattle Mariners this weekend.

Paula Fonseca