Pitch­ing help around cor­ner

The Morning Call - - SPORTS -

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ma­jor pitch­ing re­in­force­ments may be on the way for the wild-card chas­ing Rays: Blake Snell and Tyler Glas­now.

Snell, last sea­son’s AL Cy Young Award win­ner, has been out since July 22 be­cause of bone chips in his throw­ing el­bow that re­quired surgery. He is set to throw bat­ting prac­tice or pitch in a mi­nor league play­off game Satur­day.

Glas­now was 6-1 be­fore being side­lined in midMay by a strained right fore­arm. He could be back this week­end.

“I feel 100 per­cent,” Glas­now said Tues­day.

Also, the Rays re­called two-way player Brendan McKay Tues­day from Triple-A Durham, and the left-han­der is set to start or fol­low an opener Fri­day night against the Blue Jays. McKay missed about 10 days in late Au­gust and re­ceived a cor­ti­sone shot for shoul­der fa­tigue. He is not being al­lowed to hit.

Ros­ter ex­pan­sion started Sunday, and the Rays now have 34 ac­tive play­ers.

“I think this is go­ing to give us our best chance to win as many games as pos­si­ble,” Rays man­ager Kevin Cash said. “It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun. We’ve got to be cre­ative.”

The Rays en­tered Tues­day’s dou­ble­header with the Ori­oles on top of the AL wild-card stand­ings in a tight race with the In­di­ans and Athletics.

“It’s been amaz­ing,” Glas­now said. “Ev­ery­one has con­tributed.”

Glas­now made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance with Triple-A Durham on Mon­day and likely will be lim­ited to a few in­nings at first as he con­tin­ues to re­build arm strength.

MIKE STOBE/GETTY-AFP

Right-han­der Blake Snell could be near­ing a re­turn to the Rays down the stretch.

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