White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf issues a statement about the Adam LaRoche fiasco


I’ve speculated that a White Sox player probably complained about Drake LaRoche. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated has another explanation which could be even more likely, at least insofar as these things can be measured by the application of Occam’s Razor: White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf complained.

That would explain Ken Williams falling on his sword over it. It would likewise explain Chris Sale‘s allegation that Williams tried to blame players for it in that heated team meeting. Williams feeling the heat because he’s not being truthful but not so much heat that he’s gonna rat out his boss. As for why Reinsdorf might have made an issue out of it? Eh, old man billionaire owner doesn’t like to see kids running around and just finally noticed how often Drake LaRoche is hanging out.

Like we’ve said: we don’t know. We can only speculate. That’s not some bad speculating. We’ll eventually know the facts. In the meantime, Reinsdorf issued a statement about all of this which is kind of hilarious:

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I’m sure he really “appreciates” the interest in this story and it’s not at all a horrifying distraction which unexpectedly blew up way bigger than anyone assumed it would.

Adam LaRoche is going to give a statement about his retirement here shortly. I’d like to think it’ll be a barn-burner, but I’m guessing he’ll take the high road and let Chris Sale scorch the Earth and, um, the barn for him.

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.