Radi straight Tyler Glasnow he is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery next week, according to ESPN Jeff Passan. That not only officially marks the end of his 2021 season, but perhaps even his 2022 season. Passan adds that he may not be back until 2023, but remains a “small chance” of finding an alternative way to rehabilitate his UCL. partially torn before a potential surgery date next week.
Glasnow last appeared in a game on June 14, at which point the hope was that rehabilitation could be enough for Glasnow to make a late-season comeback. His latest launch session called that theory into question, for the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin, who adds that the decision for Tommy John is not yet official, although it is expected.
Prior to the injury, Glasnow was a clear candidate for Cy Young, after placing 2.4 rWAR at 14 starts with a 2.66 ERA / 2.76 FIP. He pitched 88 innings with an absurd 36.2 percent percussion and a strong 7.9 percent chance to go with a 45.3 percent chance. Now, it’s unclear if Glasnow will launch again before 2023, its final year before free agency.
This is a truly devastating but not unexpected development for the 27-year-old electrician. Glasnow’s injury will remain a touchstone of debate, not only because of how his absence will influence the flag race this season (and next) but because the timing of the injury coincides with MLB’s stricter policy on the use of foreign substances. The causal link here is tenuous, of course, but the connection will continue to be made because of its powers as an analogue for the disconnect between MLB decision-makers and players.