The connection between Mike Olt, Austin Jackson, and Chicago

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On Sunday, the White Sox inked outfielder Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million contract, bolstering their outfield. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment. Olt cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte.

It seems like a typical roster move, but something very statistically unlikely has happened. You see, a Chicago team had previously acquired Jackson and designated Olt for assignment to create roster space. That was at the end of August last year when the Cubs picked up Jackson from the Mariners. Check it out on Olt’s Rotoworld page:

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Olt must be feeling like it’s Groundhog’s Day.

The 27-year-old was once a highly-touted prospect in the Rangers’ system but hasn’t been able to do much at the major league level. He owns a career .580 OPS in 400 big league plate appearances spread out over parts of three seasons. Olt will serve as corner infield depth with the White Sox.

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.