MLB clears Yu Darvish of wrongdoing in brother’s gambling ring

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Major League Baseball determined Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had no involvement in his brother Sho’s gambling ring in Japan, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Darvish denied having any involvement in a statement earlier this week.

Sho is alleged to have accepted around 1,850 wagers of about 10,000 yen each (approximately $85 USD) on both Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball games. However, there is no indication that he took bets on games involving the Rangers.

Major League Baseball, understandably, takes gambling allegations involving its players seriously. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was investigated and cleared in 2014 when his name surfaced in a game-fixing hoax. Last year, Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined for placing illegal bets on non-baseball sports.

Yu missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery but is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation by May.

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.