Cardinals activate Ruben Tejada from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced that shortstop Ruben Tejada has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Greg Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Tejada, 26, suffered a left quad strain in March, shortly after signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cardinals. The Mets had released him a few days prior, and Tejada was to fill in for the injured Jhonny Peralta.

In Tejada’s absence, the Cardinals have used Aledmys Diaz, Jedd Gyorko, and Garcia at shortstop and it has worked — at least offensively. The Cardinals’ 1.018 OPS accumulated by their shortstops is second best in the league behind the Rockies. However, their shortstops have also committed six errors as a unit, leading the league and doubling the total of the Marlins in second place.

Diaz is still in the Cardinals’ starting lineup on Monday against the Cubs.

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.