Orioles’ Kevin Gausman is “off limits”

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In a column published on Saturday, MASN’s Roch Kubatko noted that the Orioles are always receiving inquiries on Kevin Gausman, but the club’s young pitcher is “off limits”.

Gausman, 24, was taken by the Orioles in the first round — fourth overall — in the 2012 draft. He has yet to live up to expectations, as he has a career 4.21 ERA with 240 strikeouts and 80 walks across 273 1/3 major league innings. However, the upside still remains and he will be under team control through 2019.

Gausman was juggled up and down between the majors and Triple-A Norfolk last season. At times, he dazzled, including an eight-inning, 10-strikeout performance in his final start of the season. Gausman was inconsistent though, allowing four-plus runs in seven of his 17 starts.

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.