Top prospect Kyle Schwarber is rejoining the Cubs

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that the Cubs are calling up catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A for his second taste of the big leagues. Chicago’s starting catcher Miguel Montero suffered a thumb injury before the All-Star break and could miss extended time.

Schwarber was up for a brief stint last month, hitting .364 in six games before a pre-planned return to the minors. Now he’s back again after hitting .333 with a 1.036 OPS in 17 games at Triple-A. He previously hit .320 with a 1.017 OPS in 58 games at Double-A and has a lifetime .333 batting average and 1.042 OPS in 147 total games in the minors.

Schwarber was the No. 4 pick in the 2014 draft and ranked as a consensus top-25 prospect coming into the season. He has MVP-caliber potential offensively, although with Miguel Montero signed through 2017 it’s unclear if Schwarber’s long-term home will be at catcher or elsewhere.

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.