Rob Manfred is “open to change” with respect to All-Star voting

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We’re still on trajectory to have eight Royals starting the All-Star Game for the American League. Asked about that yesterday, Rob Manfred had this to say:

“We have 16 days left. Lots of years we’ve worried about lots of things about fan voting, but in general fans have done a good job. We’ll see how it all turns out. … We are responsive and open to change if we get a result that is not consistent with the goals of the system that is in place.”

Putting on my tin foil hat, I’m half expecting next weeks’ voting results to show a big spike in non-Royals players, seemingly out of nowhere! But maybe that’s too paranoid. Short of that, I can see baseball just going with the all-Royals thing and promoting it like crazy. And hey, maybe people will tune into such silliness in greater numbers than they did before. The All-Star game is almost a freak show as it is, so why not embrace it?

As for “changes in the future,” it would not shock me, if the all-Royals thing doesn’t work, if baseball put a limit on the number of starters per team next year. Seems like the sort of solution baseball would pursue.

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.