One year, one rebuilt elbow, and 16 picks later Brady Aiken signs with the Indians

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Brady Aiken, who failed to sign with the Astros as the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft and later underwent Tommy John elbow surgery, has signed with the Indians after being selected 17th overall this year.

Aiken will get significantly less money than he was slotted to get as the No. 1 pick and will also get less money than the reduced offer the Astros made him following concerns about the health of his arm, but at least he’s signed and can now rehab under the watch of an MLB organization.

No word yet on Aiken’s signing bonus, but the recommended slot value for the 17th pick is $2.4 million. And if his recovery from elbow surgery goes well the Indians may have just gotten a No. 1 pick-caliber talent in the middle of the first round. He’s expected to make his pro debut in the middle of next season, at age 19.

Houston received the No. 2 overall pick this year for failing to sign Aiken and selected LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, who has not yet signed.

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.