The Rays received just about the best news possible after Tyler Glasnow removed himself from the game on Friday night against the Yankees. The prognosis: a forearm strain that should only sideline the early Cy Young front runner for 4-6 weeks.
Tampa Bay has been leading the division in wins in part due to Glasnow’s performance. Can they stay atop the totem pole without him? What options do they have to replace his innings?
The Rays have been utilizing both the Opener strategy and bullpen days along the way, but if there were a starting rotation up until this point, it would have been Blake Snell (3.56 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 43.0), Tyler Glasnow (1.86 ERA, 2.20 FIP, 48.1 IP), Charlie Morton (2.64 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 44.1 IP), Yonny Chirinos (3.61 ERA, 4.81 FIP, 42.1 IP), and Ryan Yarbrough (ugly stats here).
Okay, we can get into it. Yarbrough was demoted after posting an 8.10 ERA. 4.67 FIP over five appearances (16.2 IP), but has since put up a far better 1.80 ERA and 2.02 FIP over three appearances (15.0 IP) in Triple-A.
Yarbrough suffered a groin injury that prevented him being properly stretched out ahead of the regular season and his game suffered accordingly. Averaging five innings in three appearances (two starts) for Durham bodes well for his chances to rejoin the Rays roster soon.