Puig picks Braves, Glas­now makes strong re­turn to Rays

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By CHARLES ODUM

Open­ing day ros­ters gained clar­ity on Tues­day when the Atlanta Braves reached an agree­ment with Yasiel Puig, while Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glas­now pro­vided hopes for teams await­ing play­ers to be cleared fol­low­ing pos­i­tive tests for the Coro­n­avirus.

Puig agreed to a one-year deal pend­ing a phys­i­cal, a per­son with knowl­edge of the agree­ment told The As­so­ci­ated Press. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the agree­ment is not of­fi­cial un­til Puig passes the phys­i­cal.

The 29-year-old Puig, who be­gan his ca­reer with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, hit a com­bined .267 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for Cincin­nati and Cleve­land in 2019. He also stole 19 bases.

Puig was the last big-name free agent from the off­sea­son who had not signed with a team. He helps the Braves fill a void left when Nick Markakis opted out for the sea­son.

Glas­now re-joined the Rays on af­ter miss­ing the first 11 days of sum­mer camp fol­low­ing his pos­i­tive test. The right-han­der im­me­di­ately jumped into a sim­u­lated game at Trop­i­cana Field and threw 49 pitches over 3.1 in­nings.

Glas­now said he felt fine and ex­pects to be ready to be­gin the 60-game sea­son on time.

Out­side of briefly los­ing his sense of taste and smell, the 26-year-old Glas­now said he didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any no­tice­able symp­toms of COVID-19.

“I had maybe re­ally mild cold symp­toms for maybe a day,” Glas­now said, wear­ing a mask dur­ing a Zoom call. “If this wasn’t go­ing on, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have known I was sick.”

The pitcher said he quar­an­tined for 14 days in­side his apart­ment in St. Peters­burg, Florida. Af­ter that, he was able to work out alone, throw­ing into a net when he was able to find an empty park in the area.

“It would al­ways be at a weird time of the day, and it had to be no­body there,” Glas­now said. “If there was any­body there, I would just leave.”

Glas­now, Char­lie Mor­ton and 2018 AL Cy Young Award win­ner Blake Snell lead a ro­ta­tion that has the po­ten­tial to be among the best in base­ball. Glas­now was 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 12 starts last sea­son.

Mets sec­ond base­man Robin­son Canó also re­turned to camp af­ter miss­ing five straight work­outs for undis­closed rea­sons. The 37-year-old Canó was sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice, but not the in­trasquad game at night.

“We’ll go day by day. I mean, he looks great. He’s in great shape,” man­ager Luis Ro­jas said.

Mets re­lief pitch­ers Brad Brach and Jared Hughes re­mained ab­sent.

Also re­turn­ing was Ori­oles out­fielder An­thony San­tander, whose late ar­rival might have been at­trib­uted to COVID-19 test­ing. The team has not pro­vided an ex­pla­na­tion.

San­tander, who hit 20 home runs last year, is a pro­jected starter. The short-handed out­field is with­out slug­ger Trey Mancini, who had colon can­cer surgery in March. Dwight Smith Jr. has not yet re­ported, for rea­sons not dis­closed by the Ori­oles.


Out­fielder Ge­orge Springer missed prac­tice be­cause of a de­lay in re­ceiv­ing his Coro­n­avirus test re­sults, the lat­est in a se­ries of test­ing sna­fus for the Hous­ton Astros.

The Astros were forced to can­cel their prac­tice on July 6 be­cause the Fourth of July hol­i­day de­layed test re­sults. Third base­man Alex Breg­man was held out of prac­tice last week be­cause he hadn’t re­ceived his test re­sults.

Man­ager Dusty Baker said he un­der­stands base­ball is try­ing to work the kinks out of the new sys­tem. Baker said he hopes they get things fig­ured out soon so no play­ers are forced to miss games be­cause of test­ing de­lays.


The Min­nesota Twins say out­fielder By­ron Buxton has a sprained left foot. His sta­tus is day to day. He hurt his foot chas­ing a fly­ball on Mon­day night.


Washington Na­tion­als hit­ting coach Kevin Long was cleared to par­tic­i­pate and made his camp debut in an in­trasquad game. In the game, the Na­tion­als pre­pared for the new ex­tra-in­ning rule by hav­ing a run­ner start out a half-in­ning on sec­ond base.

Man­ager Dave Martinez an­nounced that bat­ting prac­tice pitcher Ali Mo­dami opted out for the sea­son.


Mar­lins catcher Fran­cisco Cervelli said “every­body is con­cerned” about the virus out­break in South Florida.

“I don’t want to have this virus, or any­one on my team,” Cervelli said. “We just have to be care­ful. We don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. Ev­ery day here Mi­ami is get­ting crazy. I’m a lit­tle scared, yes, but we’re here to play base­ball.”


White Sox catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal is con­cerned about be­ing un­able to main­tain proper so­cial dis­tanc­ing be­hind the plate.

“I’d be ly­ing to you if I said I wasn’t wor­ried about it,” Gran­dal said. “Ob­vi­ously, this is some­thing you’ve got to take very se­ri­ous be­cause it can spread out as fast as any­thing. In my case, this is not only for my health and the health of my team­mates, but it’s also for the health of my fam­ily. My wife is preg­nant, so I don’t want (any­thing) to hap­pen to her. I don’t want (any­thing) to hap­pen to my kids. So, we’re go­ing to take all the pre­cau­tions we need in or­der to stay safe and keep our­selves safe.”


Mil­wau­kee out­fielder Avi­sail Garcia and catcher Omar Nar­vaez drafted teams for this week’s “Blue & Gold World Se­ries” games.

The sur­prise? Chris­tian Yelich, who won the NL MVP in 2018 and was sec­ond in the bal­lot­ing last year, didn’t get picked first. Garcia went with Ryan Braun in­stead.

“I want to com­pete against the best,” Garcia said, ex­plain­ing why he didn’t pick Yelich.

The strat­egy didn’t last long. Garcia’s team then traded Braun and short­stop Or­lando Ar­cia for Yelich and in­fielder Eric Sog­ard. The trade was nec­es­sary be­cause one ros­ter had all right-handed hit­ters be­fore fac­ing righthande­r Bran­don Woodruff.


In­di­ans out­fielder Delino DeShields Jr. says he was tak­ing ev­ery nec­es­sary pre­cau­tion and still con­tracted the Coro­n­avirus while in Ari­zona.

“I was do­ing ev­ery­thing I was sup­posed to do,” he said Tues­day. “We were do­ing a good job in Goodyear of keep­ing our dis­tance and mak­ing sure we were clean­ing up af­ter our­selves. So, hon­estly, I have no idea.”

DeShields missed the re-start of Cleve­land’s camp af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced COVID-19 symp­toms, in­clud­ing a loss of taste and smell. He said he didn’t have an ap­petite and said “It wasn’t fun at all. … It was pretty bru­tal.”


Man­ager Brian Snitker has named Mike Soroka, 22, the Braves’ youngest open­ing day starter in the mod­ern era. The Braves open at the New York Mets on July 24.

“It’s somet­ing that you dream about as a kid,” Soroka said. The right-han­der was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 2019.

Max Fried, Mike Foltynewic­z and Sean New­comb are ex­pected to fol­low Soroka in the ro­ta­tion as Cole Hamels’ re­cov­ery from a sore shoul­der was slowed by tri­ceps ten­dini­tis.

As­so­ci­ated Press

COME­BACK The Tampa Bay Rays’ Tyler Glas­now throws dur­ing prac­tice on Tues­day in St. Peters­burg, Florida. It was Glas­now’s first prac­tice af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for Coro­n­avirus.

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