On Monday, Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow came out of a live batting practice session hurt.
After undergoing some tests, the team diagnosed him with a Grade 2 left oblique strain and gave him an approximate 6-8-week return timetable.
It’s heartbreaking news for a guy who has missed a lot of time with injuries in the last few seasons, including a Tommy John surgery in 2021.
Tyler Glasnow expected to miss 6-8 weeks with an oblique injury. Absolute gut punch for a guy trying to come back from TJ. pic.twitter.com/BFjpC2Rlky
— The Skippers View (@TheSkippersView) February 28, 2023
Ah yes the annual “Tyler Glasnow”
Is out (insert [email protected] time) here tweet. https://t.co/8LH9Itmegy
— Eric Belyea (@eric_belyea21) February 28, 2023
Rays fans don’t know what to think because oblique injuries, as we saw with New York Mets ace Max Scherzer last year, can re-appear if they aren’t properly healed.
Optimistic take: back by May won’t really hurt the Rays and he can get a lot of innings in still.
Pessimistic take: obliques seem to rarely go best case scenario and he still has to ramp up from missing last year. All star break or after more likely?
— Matt (@StratStats) February 28, 2023
Glasnow is 29 and playing for his next contract.
You can be sure that he will be back, probably around the timeframe his team offered or perhaps a couple of weeks after that provided he is fully healthy.
He has every motivation to complete his rehab and be the best version of himself he can be.
A pitcher of his caliber, with the ability to hit the triple digits with his fastball and throw one of the most wicked curveballs in the league, will surely command a lot of money in the open market after the World Series.
He needs to prove he is 100 percent healthy first, though.
Tyler Glasnow just can't stay healthy. It sucks because he's so damn talented and fun to watch on the mound.
If only him and Buxton could stay healthy…
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) February 28, 2023
For his career, the dominant right-hander has a 4.00 ERA, but the number is inflated due to his failed stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates to start his career.
Since the Rays traded for him, in 2018, he has an incredible 3.05 ERA and a boatload of strikeouts.
Hopefully for the Rays, he can make it back before May and pitch around 150 innings for them before testing the market.NEXT: Rays Insider Reveals Unfortunate Tyler Glasnow Update