Chien-Ming Wang’s velocity is back in the mid-90’s

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Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is 35 years old now — 36 at the end of this month — and hasn’t pitched in the majors since a one-off spot start for the Blue Jays in August 2013. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January, which might very well have been his last shot to get back to the big leagues.

Apparently, Wang has rediscovered his stuff, as he is reportedly sitting around 94-95 MPH with his fastball, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. Wang said his velocity was below 90 MPH last year and credits pitching “guru” Ron Wolforth for his rebirth.

Pitching coach Dave Eiland said, “He looks now like the same pitcher I had 8 or 9 years ago. A little amazing.”

Here’s a look at Wang’s velocity over the years, from Brooks Baseball:

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If Wang makes the Royals’ major league roster, he would earn a base salary of $1 million. It might not sound like much, but considering Wang has had to take minor league deals dating back to 2013 and played in the Atlantic League last year, that’s a nice chunk of change.

Wang has a career 4.37 ERA and a 364/234 K/BB ratio over 792 1/3 innings spanning parts of eight seasons in the majors.

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.