CHICAGO — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow sounded off on Major League Baseball’s crackdown of foreign substances Tuesday after he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain.
Glasnow said, in advance of MLB’s initiative, he did away with using sunscreen — the only foreign substance he said he has ever used — two starts ago and felt sore the next day due to needing to adjust his grips. He did the same in Monday’s outing against the Chicago White Sox and then felt something “pop” in his arm.
“I switched my fastball grip and my curveball grip,” an animated Glasnow said on a videoconference with reporters. “I had to put my fastball deeper into my hand and grip it way harder. Instead of holding my curveball at the tip of my fingers, I had to dig it deeper into my hand.
“I’m choking the s— out of all my pitches.”
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer responded to Glasnow’s comments by tweeting his own criticism of MLB’s crackdown.
“They’ve knowingly swept this under the rug for 4 years. Now they implement a knee jerk reaction to shifting public perception. Hard to hear them talk about ‘competitive integrity’ when they have no integrity to begin with,” he wrote.
He added: “To be clear, the memo is fine long term, and it will serve to level the playing field. That is a good thing. But to implement it mid season when for 3 months you’ve promised players and teams that nothing about your chosen enforcement of the rules would change this year and actively encouraged players to continue playing how that have in the past, that’s a lie. There’s no integrity in that. So save it with the competitive integrity bulls— …”
To avoid forcing umpires to attempt to differentiate between sunscreen and stickier substances, like Spider Tack, MLB chose to eliminate all grip enhancers.
“Sunscreen and rosin is apparently the same as Spider Tack,” Glasnow said. “All right, I guess I’ll adapt and learn. And the only thing I learned was that it hurts to throw a ball in the middle of the season from having something to not having something.”
Glasnow might return for the postseason, as he won’t have surgery as of now, but that’s no consolation for a pitcher who said he believes he was dealt an unneeded blow to his year.
“I’m sitting here, my lifelong dream. I want to go out and win a Cy Young,” he stated. “I want to be an All-Star and now it’s s— on. Now it’s over. Now I have to rehab and try to get back in the playoffs. I’m clearly frustrated.”
Glasnow said he plans to see another doctor Friday. He was placed on the 10-day injured list, and outfielder Mike Brosseau was recalled from Triple-A Durham.