The Mariners released Justin De Fratus

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The Mariners released reliever Justin De Fratus on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. In a response to a tweet, Divish noted that De Fratus was topping out at 90 MPH. During spring training, the right-hander gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings.

De Fratus inked a one-year deal for $750,000 with the Mariners back in December, two months after the Phillies outrighted him. The Phillies rode De Fratus hard this past season, having him log 80 innings over 61 games, easily eclipsing his previous career-high of 52 2/3 innings. He finished with a poor 5.51 ERA, a far cry from his production in the previous two seasons.

The Phillies moved him into a mop-up role, a decision that wasn’t initially communicated to him and a role which he didn’t want.

Worryingly, De Fratus saw his velocity plummet during the season, perhaps caused by overuse. Via Brooks Baseball:

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De Fratus is still only 28 years old and is relatively inexpensive, so he’ll likely be able to find another opportunity elsewhere, but that velocity drop is very concerning, especially since he wasn’t able to regain it after an offseason of rest.

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.