UPDATE: TMZ retracts story regarding Yaisel Puig bar fight video

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UPDATE: TMZ has retracted their story. It has been confirmed that the person in the video is not Puig.

1:06 p.m. ET: In a statement to HardballTalk, Yasiel Puig‘s lawyer, Jay Reisinger, has strongly denied that the person in the TMZ video is his client.

10:06 a.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Yasiel Puig bar fight might not have been as serious as initially reported. According to Heyman’s sources, Puig was asked to leave the bar after he got a little too loud trying to be peacemaker between his sister and her boyfriend. He was said to get hit in the eye while being escorted out of the bar and retaliated. Police investigated the incident and watched the video, but no arrests were made.

Thanks to TMZ, we now have what appears to be video evidence of the “fight.” I put “fight” in quotations because what we are seeing here is not much of a fight. While it’s possible the person identified as Puig was hit by someone prior to this footage, we see him landing the first blow here. Still, it’s hardly worthy of the “INSANE BAR BRAWL” headlines we saw after news of the incident first surfaced.

The initial report from TMZ back in November said that Puig got into a physical altercation with his sister prior to the fight, but police said that no shoving was alleged and that they believe the only physical altercation took place between Puig and the bouncer. MLB is currently investigating Puig under the new domestic violence policy, but it doesn’t appear that there’s much here to warrant punishment.

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.