Yankees grooming Rob Refsnyder to play more positions defensively

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Rob Refsnyder‘s chances of being the Yankees’ starting second baseman ended the moment they traded for Starlin Castro, but the team is now trying to find Refsnyder additional playing time by making him more versatile defensively.

Refsnyder will never be a traditional utility man because he can’t handle shortstop, but general manager Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger that the Yankees will give him more reps at third base along with his usual work at second base. That would make Refsnyder first in line for starts if Castro or Chase Headley get hurt and he also played some corner outfield in the minors.

Refsnyder can hit, batting .282 with a .370 on-base percentage and decent power in 194 games at Triple-A during the past two seasons, but the Yankees never seemed to trust his glove at second base. All of which is why being a part-timer at a bunch of positions could be a decent fit for the 25-year-old while giving the Yankees some pop off the bench.

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.