Tampa Bay Rays’ star pitcher Tyler Glasnow left Friday’s outing against the New York Yankees after suffering an ugly arm injury. Officially, the team is calling it “right forearm tightness” after taking himself out of the game. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.
The 6-foot-8 flamethrower has enjoyed an incredible 2019 campaign prior to the injury. Through 48.1 innings, Glasnow racked up 55 strikeouts and a stellar 1.86 ERA. He fanned nine batters, including the last batter he faced, after 5.1 frames on Friday. It was also the first time that the 25-year-old yielded more than two runs in an outing this season, a testament to how dominant he’s been for the AL East-leading Rays.
Glasnow was one of the main pieces in last season’s trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that sent Chris Archer to the NL Central. The Rays received a massive package, including Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and minor-league hurler Shane Baz. With the terrific play by Meadows and Glasnow (prior to Friday’s injury), the Rays look like huge winners in that deal.
With the steady increase in pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery, the initial diagnosis on Glasnow doesn’t look great, especially for a young pitcher that reaches the high-90s on his fastball. As the team mentioned, more should be known on the severity of his injury in the coming days after more testing.