If there were any worries about Tyler Glasnow and his performance so far this spring, today’s outing against the Minnesota Twins should have put those worries to rest.
Glasnow came into today’s game with an ERA of over five and a half shut down the Minnesota offense allowing three hits and zero runs in five innings of work.
Glasnow finishes the spring with a 2-0 mark, with a 3.58 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. Glasnow will start the season opener against the Miami Marlins Thursday afternoon in Miami.
Glasnow said he is ready for the start on Thursday. “I felt really good. Timing was good. You know you kind of have to bring your best stuff, so I think some of my best pitches were definitely to those guys.” Glasnow struck out All-Stars Nelson Cruz and Josh Donaldson twice in the game this afternoon.
The rotation is slowly coming together. After Glasnow starts on Thursday, Ryan Yarbrough will start game two in Miami on Friday. No decision has been made on the third starter, which could be between Chris Archer and Rich Hill.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Michael Wacha would pitch Monday in Boston. Wacha could start, or the Rays will go with an opener.
-The Rays will start the season without reliever Nick Anderson. Anderson has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and will be sidelined until after the All-Star break. Anderson played an essential role in the Rays World Series run in 2020 with a 2-1 record and six saves. Anderson finished the season with a .55 ERA with three walks and 26 strikeouts, allowing just five hits in 16 innings of work.
Kevin Cash talked about what Anderson has meant to the Rays. ‘Nick has been an invaluable part of our club. We’re not getting to or having the success we’ve had if it wasn’t for his contributions.”
With Anderson out, look for Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks to assume more prominent roles in the late innings high leverage situations.
-Ray’s first basemen, Ji-Man Choi, will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list. Choi, who has been out since mid-March, resumed baseball activities this week, taking swings in the batting cage.
With Choi on the disabled list, the Rays will rely on Yandy Diaz and Yoshi Tsutsugo to hold down the first base duties until Choi returns to action.
-The Rays will break camp after Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. The Rays play road games against Baltimore and Detroit before flying to Miami on Wednesday.