Jesse Hahn to scrap his slider

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John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that Athletics starter Jesse Hahn will attempt to phase his slider out of his repertoire for the 2016 season, believing it may have contributed to his injury woes this past season. Hahn will instead work on improving his change-up.

Hahn, 26, was limited to 16 starts last season as he suffered from elbow and forearm issues. He last pitched in July 1. From Hickey’s column:

“We tried some things and I think it was the slider causing problems,’’ Hahn said Sunday morning, the first official workout of A’s pitchers and catchers at Fitch Park. “At the very least, I know it wasn’t helping my arm. So I’m going to go without it and incorporate the changeup more.’’

The Athletics acquired Hahn from the Padres in December 2014 in the Derek Norris trade. Hahn will slot behind Sonny Gray in the rotation and his new approach will hopefully allow him to complete the season intact.

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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.