Michael Cuddyer underwent “core muscle” surgery on Thursday

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer underwent “core muscle” surgery on Thursday. He notes that the terminology is typically slang for a sports hernia.

Cuddyer, 37 in March, is heading into the last year of a two-year, $21 million contract signed with the Mets last November. During the regular season, he batted a lackluster .259/.309/.391 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI across 408 plate appearances. Cuddyer also had only one hit while striking out seven times in 12 playoff PA.

While the Mets aren’t expected to be able to bring Yoenis Cespedes back, Cuddyer figures to contribute as a platoon outfielder at best next season.

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.