Mike Trout wants to steal more bases in 2016

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a measly 11-for-18 in the stolen base department last season, and he wants to improve on those numbers in 2016, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. Trout said his confidence on the base paths was down.

Of course, Trout said the same thing last year, saying his two biggest goals for the 2015 season included cutting down on strikeouts and stealing more bases. He did cut down the whiffs, at least, going from a league-leading total of 184 in 2014 to 158 in 2015. But Trout’s stolen base total declined for a third consecutive season after leading the majors with 49 in 2012, dropping to 33, then 16, then 11.

It’s tough to find flaws in Trout’s game, as he finished as a runner-up in American League Most Valuable Player Award balloting for the third time in four years, and winning it in the other year. This past season, he hit .299/.402/.590 with 41 home runs, 90 RBI, and 104 runs scored. Those who might be the happiest if Trout steals more bases might not be the Angels, but those who use their #1 overall pick in fantasy baseball drafts to select Trout.

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.