An MRI scan has revealed that pitcher Tyler Glasnow is suffering from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain, the Tampa Bay Rays announced on Tuesday.
Glasnow left the game against Chicago White Sox after four innings after sustaining inflammation in his right elbow.
According to Glasnow, he felt “a little tug” in his elbow after throwing a fastball in the fourth inning. He then felt “a pull every time” he threw towards the end of the inning.
The 27-year-old pitcher is known for the use of foreign substances, especially sunscreen and rosin. He blamed his injury on MLB’s foreign substance ban.
“I’m choking the s— out of my pitches,” said Glasnow who had to change his grip due to the ban.
“I just threw 80 something innings and you (MLB) just told me I can’t use anything. I have to change everything. 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,” he continued.
According to the new ban, a pitcher who “possesses or applies foreign substances” will face a 10-day suspension.
“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said Glasnow.
“My lifelong dream is I want to win a CY young and be an All-Star and now it’s just s— on. Now it’s over. Now I have to try to rehab to come back in the playoffs. I’m clearly frustrated. You can’t just tell us to use nothing. It’s crazy.”
Glasnow said he would “try to rehab” and avoid Tommy John surgery which will cost him the rest of the season to recover.
A further medical evaluation is needed to determine a timeline for Glasnow’s return. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list.