Mets expected to let pitching coach Dan Warthen go

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In the past few days we’ve heard a lot about how the Mets are likely to let manager Terry Collins go when his contract runs out this weekend. We’ve also heard some speculation as to the candidates they’ll consider to replace him. Whoever does will likely get their choice of pitching coach to go along with the gig, because Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that current pitching coach Dan Warthen is on the way out:

According to multiple industry sources, the team is preparing to inform pitching coach Dan Warthen he won’t be retained for 2018, following a season in which the Mets’ pitching staff, besieged by injuries and underperformance, has imploded.

It’s not always a given that a Mets manager will get that kind of choice, as Warthen was there when Terry Collins was hired. Indeed, the 64-year-old Warthen was hired in 2008 when Rick Peterson and manager Willy Randolph were fired. Whether a new manager will hand-pick his coaches or, rather, will simply get new ones that Sandy Alderson and ownership pick is an open question.

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.