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Rays' Tyler Glasnow Diagnosed with Partial UCL Tear After MRI on Elbow Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2021

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL and a strained flexor tendon, according to multiple reports.

Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

#Rays Glasnow update:<br>Glasnow underwent a MRI this morning in Chicago, which revealed a partial UCL tear as well as flexor strain. A timeline for his return will be determined after further medical evaluation.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Tampa Bay Rays ace Tyler Glasnow has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain. The plan for now is to try to rehab the injury to avoid Tommy John and eventually return, but it’s a brutal blow for Glasnow, who’s been phenomenal, and the MLB-best Rays.

Glasnow left Monday night's start after four innings with what was described as right elbow inflammation.

He was placed on the 10-day injured list, with a timeline for recovery to be determined. 

"The last couple of pitches I felt just a little tug," Glasnow told reporters after the game. "I didn't want to go out and chance it. The velo was still there; it just felt not right."

Bally Sports Sun: Rays @BallyRays

"It just felt not right," Tyler Glasnow.<br><br>After experiencing some tightness in his right elbow, Tyler said that rather than push it and try to go back out for another inning he thought the safest thing to do was come out.#MLB #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/pHdT5CWLbW

Jesse Rogers @JesseRogersESPN

Tyler Glasnow just went off about the midseason crackdown. He stopped using sunscreen a couple starts ago and felt sore afterwards due to difficulty with grip. Same last night. Says it contributed to his current injury. He’s hopeful to be back at the end of the season.

Tricia Whitaker @TriciaWhitaker

Glasnow just gave a very honest rant:<br><br>"I just threw 80 something innings &amp; you just told me I can't use anything. I have to change everything.<br><br>I truly believe 100% that's why I got hurt. I'm frustrated MLB doesn't understand. You can't just tell us to use nothing. It's crazy."

It's a huge loss for the 43-24 Rays. Glasnow, 27, is 5-2 this season with a 2.66 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 123 strikeouts in 88 innings. While Gerrit Cole, Lance Lynn and Shane Bieber are the early favorites to win the American League Cy Young Award, Glasnow was putting together a season that would have had him in the running.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

We have pitchers with "partial UCL tears" pitching in the big leagues right now, who never had surgery. But this is still a big blow for the Rays.<br><br>They just went to the World Series with Glasnow, Snell &amp; Morton - and now face life with none of the above. https://t.co/rOMcHd9PZW

The Rays will be without their ace for the time being, meaning starters Rich Hill, Ryan Yarbrough and Shane McClanahan will need to step up. The Rays bullpen remains one of the best units in baseball (3.03 ERA, third in MLB), while the offense has been excellent (five runs per game, sixth in MLB).

Tampa Bay is built to continue winning, even without its ace. But if he needs surgery or cannot return this season, the team's World Series hopes will take a severe blow.

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