Brewers minor leaguer Bubba Derby shielded two young women during Las Vegas mass shooting

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As you are likely aware, there was a tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night as a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino towards attendees at an outdoor Jason Aldean concert. At least 59 died and over 500 were injured in what was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Brewers minor league pitcher Bubba Derby was in attendance and helped protect two young women he had met at the concert, as MLB.com’s Ben Weinrib reports. Derby was in attendance with family including his parents, aunt, nephew, sister, and brother-in-law.

Derby said, “There were these women who were sitting there literally frozen in fear. We started picking people up and shoveling them to the [exit] toward the back, and we all went that way.”

Derby later met up with his sister and brother-in-law in the lobby of the hotel and began helping people in need of medical assistance.

There’s a ton of people lying on the ground crying, scared. There was a corner that they designated for the wounded. My brother-in-law is a firefighter and used to be an EMT, and you see these people, and they ran over and immediately started helping without hesitating. They’re grabbing gloves, they’re grabbing gauze, bottles of water, they’re helping these victims who are facing injuries that they never thought they’d face in their lives, and they’re scared. They don’t know where their family is. Especially running out of the venue, you see these victims carrying wounded people. It was incredible to see all these people helping each other.

“It was amazing and warming to see these people stay in harm’s way to help other people who seemed helpless. They sat there crumpled with fear, and these people went out of their way, into the eye of the danger, to help. That was incredible. At a time like this, it was refreshing to see in such a negative, negative day.

Derby said that processing everything that happened that night “is definitely going to take a little time on my end.”

Derby, 23, spent his 2017 season with Double-A Bioloxy and Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Brewers acquired him early last year from the Athletics in the Khris Davis trade.

Regardless of which team you root for, it will be easy to cheer for Derby going forward after his acts of heroism on Sunday night.

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.