Tampa Bay Rays star pitcher Tyler Glasnow will attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery after suffering a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain in their 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Glasnow will try rehab first to avoid the season-ending surgery, though it’s unclear when he’d be able to return to the lineup for the Rays.
Glasnow left after 4 innings vs. White Sox
Glasnow left Monday night’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field after four innings with right elbow inflammation. He allowed two runs and three hits in the win, and had six strikeouts in 53 pitches.
He said after the game that he felt “a little tug” in his elbow after throwing a fastball in the fourth inning, and then felt “a pull every time I threw” as he closed out that inning.
“I think I got it relatively early. I was just like, ‘I don’t want to go back out there and chance it.’ The velo and everything was still there. but yeah, it just felt not right.”
Glasnow holds a 5-2 record with a 2.66 ERA so far this season with the Rays, who hold a league-best 43-24 record. The 27-year-old boasts an impressive 16-4 record over the past three seasons with the Rays, and is 10-2 in his past 21 starts.
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