Jason Frasor clears waivers, released by the Royals

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Apparently a 1.54 ERA doesn’t mean as much as it used to.

Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who was designated for assignment by the Royals last week despite having a 1.54 ERA in 23 innings this season, passed through waivers unclaimed by any of the other 29 teams and has been released.

Frasor had a sub par 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings, so his great ERA was very misleading, but he’s been a solid setup man for the past decade. His one-year contract had about $750,000 remaining on it, which is reasonable enough for some team to snatch him up, but it also had a $550,000 buyout for 2016 that perhaps changed things a bit.

Expect the 37-year-old right-hander to latch on elsewhere, with a good chance he makes it back to the majors before long. Frasor has a 3.52 ERA in 673 career appearances, including a 2.41 ERA in 120 innings since 2013.

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.