Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion had preliminary extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have had preliminary talks of a contract extension with 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion on Wednesday. If a deal is to be struck, Encarnacion wants it done before the start of the season, saying, “I want to concentrate on helping this team win games.”

Encarnacion, 33, can become a free agent after the season. The Blue Jays exercised their club option for the 2016 season at $10 million, making this decision back in November. The slugger is one of several extension candidates the Blue Jays have, along with Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson. Donaldson reached an extension agreement last month.

This past season, Encarnacion put up outstanding offensive numbers over 624 plate appearances. He ripped 39 home runs, knocked in 111 runs, scored 94 runs, and compiled a .277/.372/.557 triple-slash line. His .929 OPS was eighth-best in baseball among qualified batters.

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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.