Blue Jays sign Brad Penny to a minor league contract

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays have signed veteran right-hander Brad Penny to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

If you were unaware that Penny was still playing, you probably aren’t alone. After making a handful of appearances with the Marlins in 2014, the 37-year-old lost in his bid for a rotation spot with the White Sox last spring and spent the entire year in Triple-A while posting a 4.46 ERA and 81/33 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings. Penny has thrown a grand total of 54 innings in the majors dating back to 2012 and had a 5.30 ERA over 31 starts with the Tigers back in 2011, so he’s far removed from being an effective pitcher.

The Blue Jays already have a set rotation with the likes of Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Hutchison, so Penny is simply a depth signing at this point.

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.