Street. PETERSBURG, FL – Dustin Knight arrived at Tampa Bay on Wednesday after an early morning flight from Durham to join Reese after Jalen Becks was on the injured list.
He was doing well in Durham, but he was also Watch Some great offers too. He’s watched every step of Tyler Glasnow’s rehab begin there, and he might be surprised at how good the Tampa Bay star is, even one year into baseball after Tommy John’s surgery.
Knight said, “He looks like a man who’s ready for Match Seven of the World Championships. He’s inhuman. This guy, his stuff is probably the purest and meanest thing I’ve ever seen.”
“I think he’s ready now, but there’s obviously a process to go through. I wish I had his stuff.”
Most shooters will say the same thing. Glasnow is 16-4 with the Rays since 2019 and has electric stuff, a fast ball that pushes 100 mph and nasty crushing balls that he can control well. He’s been careful to get his rehab done right, and he’s not going to play this season unless he feels right.
But every move all summer went well For the 6-foot-8 right-footed baller from Newhall, California. He’s checked every box along the way, from live batting sessions to live batting practice to face actual hitters in minor league matches at Triple-A Durham.
He’s served three times so far, adding a few at each outing. He’s thrown a total of five innings so far, only giving up one inning and one hit. He had three walks and eight hits.
He will play in Durham on Friday night, with a goal to work in the third inning. From there, wait and see when – or if – he will join the Rays for the final week or two of the regular season and post-season.
Honestly, I wish he was here already.
I’m not someone to question the Rays’ organization’s judgment when it comes to dealing with the health of their shooters, but it was nice to see fans in St. Petersburg throw these innings this week.
A few thousand extra tickets might have been sold, too.
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And why? Because Knight’s comments hit the nail on the head. Glasnow is ready to take on the big league hitters, no matter the situation. He’s never going into a long game this season, but he sure could have served up two rounds for the Rays on Friday against the Blue Jays. Jeffrey Springs, the scheduled starter, is a longtime laid-off and was behind Rays’ “openers” this year. It could have succeeded.
The Rays still have some work to do to make the playoffs, but things are only looking good because the teams behind them – Baltimore, Chicago and Minnesota – haven’t done much to catch them. Orioles, really, are the only threat left there.
Their schedule is just as tough as the Rays in the past two weeks, so picking upwards of four games on the Rays is a daunting task. That means Tampa Bay will play postseason baseball — and Glasno will be a part of that, in a way, shape or form.
The next option would be the three-game series in Cleveland, perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday, and then in the final series against Boston. (The rest will cover the series in Houston.) It would be great to see what Glasno can offer them.
None of that is taken for granted of course, but it sure would be nice. He can wake up on Saturday morning and not feel rested either, and decide to close it all year long.
This is definitely still an option.
For most of the summer, I doubted Glasnow would fulfill the role, because there was so much at stake for him financially. But when Glasnow and the Rays agreed to a $25 million contract extension, it changed all of my thinking.
Glasnow and Rays are now tied at the hip through at least the 2024 season. It will still receive the $5.35 million it was due to earn in 2023, in its final year of arbitration eligibility, and then see a significant increase in 2024.
The contract extension will include a $25 million salary for the 2024 season, a record for one season. Prior to the Glasnow extension, the highest amount Rays paid a player in a single season was the $15 million Charlie Morton received in 2019 and 2020.
Now that there is some financial security, Glasnow can go ahead with promoting this season if his health permits. There was nothing stopping it yet. Every outing is a test, so we’ll see.
We are still getting closer and closer to his return. That’s cool, no matter where it’s going to be.
Too bad, even though he wasn’t here.
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