Henderson Alvarez non-tendered by Marlins

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have decided to non-tender starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, officially making him a free agent.

Alvarez made only four starts for Miami in 2015 and he needed major shoulder surgery in July, but it’s a surprise the club would cut him loose this winter with two more years of control remaining.

Alvarez is only 25 years old and he registered a 2.65 ERA with three shutouts across 187 innings for the Fish in 2014. The right-hander made only $4 million this year and wasn’t going to see a huge raise in arbitration.

Yet another confounding move from this Jeffrey Loria-led operation.

Alvarez is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season, but he should still generate a ton of interest on the open market.

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.