Chad Billingsley heading back to L.A. to have his elbow examined

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Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to meet with his doctor and have his right elbow examined on August 6, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Billingsley went back on the 15-day disabled list on July 20 (retroactive to the 19th) with discomfort in his right flexor tendon. It’s his second stint on the DL this year.

Billingsley missed most of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In seven starts for the Phillies this year, he compiled a 5.84 ERA with a 15/8 K/BB ratio over 37 innings. He signed with the Phillies on a one-year, $1.5 million deal in late January, hoping to stay healthy and reestablish himself as a major league starter, but that hasn’t been the case, unfortunately for him.

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.