Good news is knocking on the Tampa Bay Rays‘ door.
Perhaps their best and most talented pitcher, Tyler Glasnow, could potentially return to the active roster at some point before the season ends.
His availability for the 2022 season has always been in question: that is why he has missed the entire campaign to this point while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
He is, however, in the last stage of his recovery: playing minor league games.
“@jonmorosi on Tyler Glasnow: ‘They have left open the possibility that he could contribute before this season is done.’ Glasnow makes his first minor league rehab appearance since Tommy John surgery tonight,” MLB Network tweeted.
.@jonmorosi on Tyler Glasnow: "They have left open the possibility that he could contribute before this season is done."
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 7, 2022
It’s not a given, because it will depend on how he feels after each minor league game; but the possibility of the Rays having Glasnow for the last few days of September and the postseason is now very real.
Glasnow Will Make A Difference Regardless Of His Role
It’s still unclear if he will return as a starter, as a multi-inning reliever, or as a late-inning, traditional bullpen arm; but no matter the role, Glasnow could have a huge impact in a playoff series.
Last year, he was cruising along in the first half until he reported elbow pain in June and was diagnosed with ligament damage.
In 88 innings, he was posting a cool 2.66 ERA, 123 strikeouts, and a solid 0.93 WHIP.
His breakout party was cut short with the injury, but now, he is about to come back and pick up things right where he left them.
With the Rays suddenly chasing the New York Yankees for the right to earn a first-round bye in the postseason, Glasnow would be an incredible addition to Tampa’s pitching corps.