Phillies’ Jerad Eickhoff set to throw three innings on Saturday

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff will pitch three innings in a minor league game on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Eickhoff had been sidelined for the last three weeks after suffering a small fracture in his right thumb during a bunting drill.

Eickhoff, 25, was one of six players the Phillies received last summer in the trade that sent Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the Rangers. He impressed in eight starts, finishing with a 2.65 ERA and a 49/13 K/BB ratio in 51 innings.

Eickhoff is expected to be ready by Opening Day, when he’ll pitch out of the middle of the Phillies’ starting rotation.

The Phillies have been bitten by the injury bug often thus far in spring training, as the club lost outfielder Aaron Altherr for four to six months after tearing a tendon sheath in his left wrist. Utilityman Cody Asche has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right oblique.

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.