Red Sox bench struggling David Ortiz against lefties

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Earlier this week David Ortiz lashed out at critics, calling them “disrespectful” for questioning whether his struggles this season are a sign of permanent decline. Wednesday he was benched against a left-handed pitcher by Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Reporters in the clubhouse described Ortiz as being predictably unhappy with the benching, but here’s all he’d say when asked:

I’m not playing today. That’s all. I don’€™t know what to tell you. I’€™m just not playing, that’€™s it. That’€™s something you’€™ve got to ask the manager. I’€™m not the manager here. I’€™m just a player, and I do what I get to be told. John told me yesterday I’€™m not playing today, so I’€™m here.

Within his overall struggles this season Ortiz has actually managed good production versus right-handed pitchers, but he’s hit just .114 with 14 strikeouts and zero walks versus lefties. Farrell indicated that he likely won’t be a one-day thing.

Ortiz being upset is understandable given that he’s been an everyday player for 15 years and has generally fared well against lefties, but it’s also understandable that Farrell would give some time off to a 39-year-old hitting .114 off same-sided pitchers.

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.