The Orioles may have issues with Yovani Gallardo’s physical

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The Orioles have a bit of a history of being tougher when it comes to physicals of prospective free agents. The famously came to an agreement with Grant Balfour in the 2013-14 offseason, only to back out, leaving Balfour angry and $3 million lighter in the wallet after signing with the Rays. The same thing happened with them and Tyler Colvin that offseason and it reportedly played a part in Bronson Arroyo deciding to sign with Arizona instead of Baltimore.

The O’s tough-grading doctors could be at it again, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo, who says that “questions have come up with Yovani Gallardo‘s physical with Baltimore. Status of deal is unclear.”

Gallardo and the Orioles agreed to a three-year deal worth $35 million over the weekend but, as always, such deals are pending a physical. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA with 121 strikeouts and 68 walks over 184 1/3 innings last year, but his strikeout rate reached a career low 15.3 percent while his walk rate was a mediocre 8.6 percent. Signs of arm issues? Just noise in the data?

Stay tuned to see what the O’s say about it all.

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.