Tyler Glasnow
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Tyler Glasnow to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Today, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow will likely require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his throwing arm.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week, sources tell ESPN. While there remains a small chance doctors will see a path toward him rehabbing his partially torn UCL, the expectation is that Glasnow needs an elbow procedure.

The hope is that Glasnow can return sometime during the 2022 season, but he may not pitch again until 2023, his final season before he reaches free agency. Glasnow, 27, had been brilliant in his 14 starts this season before hurting his elbow, striking out 123 in 88 innings.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan, via Twitter

This is disastrous news for the Rays, as Glasnow was having a Cy Young Award-caliber season prior to his injury. Two months ago, the Rays ace ranted on the new MLB Foreign Substance policy as playing a role in his UCL tear. It seems there is a slim chance he will not require surgery, but this is unlikely. Tampa Bay currently sits 0.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead.

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