Mitch Moreland exits Game 2 of the ALDS with hamstring tightness

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Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was forced to make an early departure from Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday. In the seventh inning, Moreland sprinted toward home plate to score on Ian Kinsler‘s RBI double, but appeared to grab at his hamstring and was quickly lifted from the game. After the game, manager Alex Cora revealed that the first baseman had been lifted with hamstring tightness, though the injury doesn’t appear severe enough to force Moreland to sit out the rest of the series.

Moreland, 33, has dealt with his share of leg issues over the last year as he was sidelined for nearly six weeks with a left knee contusion. Despite missing a chunk of playing time to a lengthy recovery process, he finished the regular season with a respectable .245/.325/.433 batting line, 15 home runs, and a .758 OPS through 459.

On Saturday, the infielder went 1-for-3 with a base hit prior to his departure in the seventh, after which he was replaced by Steve Pearce to start the eighth inning. As with any other injured player on a postseason roster, Moreland could be swapped out for a replacement player for the remainder of the series (assuming his hamstring injury gets worse over the next few days), but would not be eligible to play in the ALCS should the Red Sox advance that far.

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.