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Saturday, May 11, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: TYLER GLASNOW'S FOREARM PAIN AN POTENTIAL OMINOUS SIGN

Proof positive that we can never have anything good sustained in fantasy baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays were forced to remove ace-level starter Tyler Glasnow early from his Friday start with what is initially being called right forearm tightness.  The word "forearm" used in conjunction with any injury for a pitcher is always a VERY ominous sign and things get even more worrisome when you take into consideration Glasnow carried BOTH Tommy John traits of being a young hurler who also throws hard.  Right now Glasnow is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday and that is when doctors will get a good look at the UCL and whether it is damaged.  If the URL is torn, obviously season-ending Tommy John surgery will commence and Glasnow will be lost for the remainder of the year and his loss would be monstrous.  Heading into his Friday outing, Glasnow was pitching as well as any starter in baseball as he now sits with a splendid 1.86 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 55 K in 48.1 innings.  A talented but flawed pitcher with massive control problems during his stay with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Rays bought low on the upside and quickly went to work correcting the pitch inefficiency.  With Tampa having the reputation for being the best team in baseball in developing arms, I was all over Glasnow this spring as a big sleeper given the new locale.  The result was spectacular going into Friday but now all the fun is on the backburner for now.  This looks to be a 50/50 deal in terms of whether or not Glasnow need Tommy John but forearm injuries are usually a precursor to such.  Stay tuned on this but expect the worst. 


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