Bo Bichette believes he’s ready for majors

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With third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. having graduated from prospect lists, shortstop Bo Bichette is the Blue Jays’ new No. 1 prospect. It seems to be only a matter of time until Bichette comes up to the big leagues to join Guerrero.

Some are wondering why Bichette isn’t already up in the majors, including Bichette himself. Per Sportsnet’s David Singh, Bichette said, “Yeah. I’ve done everything they asked me to do. I’ve performed, I’ve put up numbers. I’ve gotten better offensively, defensively, baserunning, as an athlete, as a teammate.” He added, “Everything they’ve asked me to do, I’ve done for the past three years. So, if I’m not ready in their mind, there’s something new that they need to tell me I need to get better at.”

Bichette, 21, has hit .301/.361/.486 with five home runs, 27 RBI, 29 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 192 plate appearances with Triple-A Buffalo this season. MLB Pipeline rates him No. 8 among all prospects in baseball right now.

Currently, Freddy Galvis holds the starting shortstop job. The veteran has a .765 OPS with 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 367 PA on the year. While Galvis is a solid shortstop, the Jays will likely buy him out for $1 million rather than pick up his 2020 club option for $5.5 million. Bichette is the clear future at the position, and the Jays have long since dropped out of contention, entering Tuesday’s action with a 35-60 record.

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.