Micah Johnson needed stitches after avocado incident

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While not quite in Jeff Kent territory, Micah Johnson‘s injury joins the list of weird non-baseball-related injuries to baseball players. As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports, the Dodgers’ second baseman cut his left hand trying to remove an avocado pit. He required stitches and is expected to miss a week while the wound heals.

Johnson was selected by the White Sox in the ninth round of the 2012 draft and was acquired by the Dodgers as part of a three-team Todd Frazier trade this past December that also involved the Reds. He made the White Sox Opening Day roster but struggled in 114 plate appearances, batting .230/.306/.270 and was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-May. In 353 PA with Charlotte, Johnson fared much better, hitting .315/.375/.466 while stealing 28 bases.

Johnson, 25, is behind Howie Kendrick, Chase Utley, and Enrique Hernandez at second base on the depth chart, so he is likely to open up the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City barring a scorching spring performance.

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.