Rob Refsnyder had a rough weekend

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You probably had a better weekend than Yankees infielder Rob Refsnyder. He was hit in the face by a ground ball not once, but twice in spring training action on Friday and Saturday. (Saturday, by the way, was his 26th birthday, as @CADBII pointed out to me on Twitter.) On Sunday, the Yankees optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Refsnyder had been playing third base to add some versatility in his quest to earn a spot on the Yankees’ bench. Aside from his first year of professional baseball in 2012, when he played right field, Refsnyder has exclusively played at second base.

The Yankees appear to be content with either Pete Kozma or Ronald Torreyes serving as the utility infielder. Refsnyder, of course, could always be called up during the season if he’s needed.

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.