The Rays pulled starter Tyler Glasnow from tonight’s game after he motioned to the dugout. Tampa Bay announced that tightness in his right forearm was the cause for the move, as MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was among those to report on Twitter.
More will be known after a full examination, but that’s obviously not the most promising initial indication. Forearm issues can be related to elbow troubles, although there’s no reason to assume that there’s a significant problem in the joint.
The Rays organization will be holding its collective breath while Glasnow gets checked out. Long considered a top-shelf talent, he has put it all together thus far in 2019. Glasnow is sitting at 97.5 mph with his four-seamer, drawing strong ground-ball numbers, generating lots of weak contact, and — most importantly — finally exhibiting the command that had long eluded him.
Working in the zone more frequently and generating more first strikes than ever before helped Glasnow to work to a 1.47 ERA with 9.6 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 entering tonight’s action. He coughed up a few earned runs this evening before exiting, but also tacked on nine strikeouts against just two walks in his 5 1/3 frames.