Billy Hamilton expected to go on 10-day disabled list with fractured thumb

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Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton had to leave Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Brewers after being hit on the hand attempting to bunt in the bottom of the first inning. The Reds announced after the game that he suffered a fractured left thumb and is expected to go on the 10-day disabled list.

Hamilton finished the at-bat, flying out, but was replaced by Phillip Ervin in the third inning. On the season, Hamilton is hitting .248/.299/.333 with 82 runs scored and 58 stolen bases in 600 plate appearances. He is one stolen base shy of setting a new career-high.

A fractured thumb usually needs four to six weeks to heal, so Hamilton’s season is likely over. Even if Hamilton’s timetable is quicker, the last-place, 61-79 Reds have nothing left to play for in September, so it wouldn’t make sense to rush him back.

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.