Tyler Glasnow has been a revelation for the Rays early in 2019. While there are a lot of pieces on the Rays’ roster that have contributed to the team’s early season success which has put them in first place in a very tough AL East division race, Glasnow has played a significant role as he has posted a 1.86 ERA while striking out 55 batters in 48.1 IP and accumulating 1.6 rWAR in his eight starts this season.
Unfortunately, Glasnow had to leave his last start and there was quite a bit of uncertainty as to why. We now have some more clarity to the situation but, for the moment, it appears it could be worse news.
The good news here is that MRI’s on Glasnow’s arm didn’t show ligament damage to his elbow or anything like that and instead only show a mild strain in his forearm. At the time of this article, the timeline for his return is at least a month assuming no setbacks.
However, it is worth mentioning that we have seen forearm strains (even “mild” ones) turn into lengthy IL stints and even eventually lead to Tommy John surgery, so this is going to be a situation worth monitoring. While the Rays appear to have avoided the worst case scenario, given the nature of injuries to pitchers, nothing is certain as of yet.