The Phillies add a red alternate jersey

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The Phillies have long been one of the best-dressed teams in baseball. Even in the unfortunate 1970s and 80s when a lot of clubs moved away from their classic styles, they did way better than a lot of others in forging a new direction with different colors and fonts and things. The maroon stuff worked for them as did pinstripes and powder blue. All of those things were fashion options other clubs adopted to greater or lesser degrees, usually poorly.

And, of course, the Phillies classic uniforms — which, for the most part, is what they returned to in the 1990s and beyond — have always looked pretty sweet. As do their retro alternates they wear sometimes.

All of which makes me wonder how the new solid alternate they plan on wearing will go. It was announced yesterday. It looks like this:

Phillies uni

On the one hand, the Phillies have always made whatever they wore look good. On the other hand, solid alternate jerseys are usually terrible. Solid reds aren’t as bad as, say, solid blacks which are terrible on just about everyone, but it’s tough to pull off. The Reds look OK in theirs. The Braves look godawful in theirs.

I’m willing to give the Phillies the benefit of the doubt here given their track record, but I’d prefer to see them in their whites and grays all the same.

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.