Tampa Bay ace says crackdown caused injury

Tampa Bay's Tyler Glasnow, one of the leading contenders for the AL Cy Young Award, is likely out for an extended period because of an elbow injury. Glasnow says the injury occurred because he had to change his grip after baseball officials announced a new crackdown on doctored baseballs.



June 16, 2021 - 9:56 AM

Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox Monday. Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images / TNS

CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Glasnow isn’t exactly sure what’s going to happen with his elbow injury. But the Tampa Bay Rays ace is certain of a cause: trying to pitch slick baseballs without any grip enhancer.

“I 100% believe that contributed to me getting hurt,” he asserted Tuesday.

A day after an early exit, Glasnow was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament, throwing in doubt his future for the rest of this season and beyond.

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