UPDATE: Orioles release Suk-min Yoon so he can return to Korea

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UPDATE: An agreement has been reached, as Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have have released Yoon. This clears the way for him to sign with the Kia Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization.

1:13 p.m. ET: Last offseason the Orioles signed Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon to a three-year, $5.75 million contract, but the first season of the deal went so poorly that the two sides are now figuring out how to part ways.

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and Yoon are “working to finalize a deal that would allow Yoon out of his MLB contract.” He would then return to Korea, where the 28-year-old was a former MVP.

After signing the three-year deal with the Orioles visa issues delayed Yoon’s arrival to spring training and he was sent to Triple-A, where he stayed for the entire season while posting a 5.74 ERA and 67/26 K/BB ratio in 96 innings.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.