Dexter Fowler fractures foot on foul ball

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler may be done for the season after fouling a ball off of his left foot during Friday’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates. He suffered the injury in the sixth inning, but stayed on the field through the top of the eighth inning, when he felt a “pop” after running from first to second base. He’s expected to undergo further evaluation on Saturday and is likely to hit the 10-day disabled list, though the team has yet to announce a projected due date for his return.

Prior to his early departure on Friday, Fowler went 2-for-4 against the Pirates with a pair of base hits and a walk. He’s still struggling to raise his numbers from their career-worst totals after producing a .180/.278/.298 batting line, 18 extra-base hits and five stolen bases across 334 plate appearances. It hasn’t helped, of course, that he was sidelined for nearly six weeks after taking a pitch off of his right knee.

While Fowler prepares for a lengthy rehab stint, second baseman Kolten Wong is expected to fill the vacancy on the Cardinals’ roster as he comes off the DL on Saturday. Comments made by club president John Mozeliak indicate that rookie outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill will be given more opportunities in the interim, too, as will Yairo Munoz, who filled in for Fowler on Friday.

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.