Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt not worried about Chase Utley

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley wasn’t in Saturday’s lineup against the Mets with lefty Jon Niese on the hill. He has been in the starting lineup just once in his team’s last four games, a result of him batting .099/.175/.198 in 103 plate appearances to begin the 2015 season.

Former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt knows how quickly a player can lose it. He famously hit .117/.247/.167 over 73 plate appearances in May 1989 before announcing his retirement in between tears. He doesn’t see that same fate awaiting Utley, though. Via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:

Utley has degenerative conditions in both knees and is 36 years old. There’s no question his better days are behind him. However, he also has a .079 batting average on balls in play. Even if he’s completely lost it at the plate, we should still see a much higher BABIP than .079. There’s likely some truth in Schmidt’s optimism.

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.