The Rays send Tyler Glasnow by an MRI on his tail after the manager left early Monday night after four innings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was among those to report. The team reported the Glasnow problem as an inflammation of the gum, with the pitcher telling reporters that he felt “a small tug” and “tightness” in the area.
It’s a diagnosis that sounds threatening, but Glasnow himself didn’t seem too worried. “I think I got it relatively quickly. I was like, I don’t want to go out and get the chance, ”he said (via Topkin).“ The (speed) and everything was still there. But it didn’t feel right. ”He noted, however, that the problem was more than just discomfort. Glasnow missed most of the 2019 season with a forearm strain and suggested that there was a possibility that the their actual number is similar.
Certainly, the Rays will hold their breath while waiting for the MRI results. Glasnow is in a stellar season, having worked out a 2.66 ERA / 2.83 SIERA. It is the fifth place among qualified pitchers in strikeout percentage (36.2%) and sixth in strikeout / walk percentage differential (28.2 percentage points). It was also a real workhorse for a Rays pitching staff that otherwise tends to heavily exploit matchups, with Glasnow tied for second place in the American League with 88 innings thrown.