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ARLINGTON — The Rays switched up their pitching plans for the next few days, bumping Tyler Glasnow‘s scheduled start from Sunday afternoon against the Rangers at Globe Life Field to Tuesday night against the Nationals at Tropicana Field.
Having shuffled their rotation, the Rays will make Sunday a bullpen game started by Michael Wacha, who has pitched 6 2/3 innings over three outings since coming off the 10-day injured list last month. They’ll be able to unload the rest of their bullpen in the series finale in part because of the lengthy outings they got over the past few days from Ryan Yarbrough (complete game) and Josh Fleming (career-high seven innings) — and because they have off-days next Monday and Thursday. Rookie left-hander Shane McClanahan, now slated to pitch Wednesday, and the rest of the Rays’ rotation will get a similar break as a result of the bullpen game.
“Felt like it was a good time with the off-days to let [Glasnow] pitch on a couple extra days’ rest. He’s had a heavy workload,” Cash said. “So he’ll bounce back and pitch Tuesday for us.”
Glasnow is healthy and feeling good — he played catch and threw in the bullpen on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Field — but this is a way for the Rays to manage his workload a bit. Glasnow has already thrown 77 innings this season, nine innings off his total from the shortened 2020 season (including the postseason) and already 10 innings beyond his cumulative workload in 2019. The right-hander’s career-high innings total in the Majors is 111 2/3, which he set in 2018.
“Glas is pretty adamant about wanting to stay on five days, and we try to do a lot to respect his wishes and those thoughts,” Cash said. “But given the uniqueness of the season, the workload, we’ve got to pick spots for not just him — for a lot of these guys to give some extra days. And we’ll continue to look for those. And with our schedule, the way it is where we’ve got two off-days in four days, that’s how we felt it was best to go about. I think from his conversation with [pitching coach Kyle Snyder], he was pretty on board with it and understanding of it.”
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