CC Sabathia wants to keep pitching in 2018

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CC Sabathia may have made his last regular season start in pinstripes, but he’s not ready to call it quits just yet. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the 37-year-old southpaw intends to pitch in 2018, though the logistics have yet to be worked out. His five year, $142 million contract extension is set to expire this year, and the two sides aren’t expected to seriously discuss his future in the majors until they play out the remainder of the postseason.

Sabathia capped his 2017 run with 5 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday, granting four hits and six strikeouts as he locked down his 14th win of the season against the rival Blue Jays. He’s looking better than he has in five years, bouncing back from a string of losing records, chronic knee pain and 4.00+ ERAs with a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 over 148 2/3 innings. That hews close to the career stat line he established over nine seasons with the Yankees, a stretch that encompasses a 120-73 record, four postseason runs and three All-Star appearances.

Whatever the future holds, be it a short deal with the Yankees or back-end rotation duties for another club, Sabathia is enjoying his run in New York. “It’s just been fun to be the old guy and sit back and watch these guys do their thing,” he told reporters following Saturday’s 2-1 win.

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.