Mike Scioscia confirms he is returning to Angels next year

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Manager Mike Scioscia has one year remaining on his contract with the Angels, but as the Phillies showed with Pete Mackanin, that is no guarantee. Scioscia, though, confirmed he’s returning to the Angels next year and is comfortable doing so in the last year of his deal, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Angels just missed out on the second American League Wild Card slot, finishing the season with an 80-82 record. Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000, leading his team to the playoffs in six of eight years between 2002-09. The Angels have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons; they were swept out of the ALDS in 2014 by the Royals.

Many Angels fans have been growing frustrated with the Angels’ lack of playoff success despite having the world’s best baseball player in Mike Trout. So there was some thought that the Angels might shake things up and move on from Scioscia.

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.