Tyler Glasnow is one of the best pitchers in baseball and now he is dealing with a partial UCL tear that may be a result of Major League Baseball’s recent crackdown on foreign substances.
On Tuesday, Glasnow spoke to the media and he said that he has always used sunscreen to help with his grip until two games ago when he tried to pitch without anything and hurt 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.”
“In my mind that sounds dumb,” Glasnow said. “That sounds like an excuse a player would use to make sure he could use sticky stuff. I threw to the Nationals … I did well. I woke up the next day and I was sore in places I didn’t even know I had muscles in.”
“Waking up after that start, I was like, ‘This sucks,'” Glasnow recalled. “Something is weird here. That same feeling is persisting all week long. I go into my start [Monday] and that same feeling [is there], it pops or whatever the hell happened to my elbow. I feel it. Something happened.
“Do it in the offseason. Give us a chance to adjust to it. But I just threw 80 innings, then you tell me I can’t use anything in the middle of the year. I have to change everything I’ve been doing the entire season. I’m telling you I truly believe that’s why I got hurt.”
In my opinion, it is time for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to stop trying to fix something that does not need to be fixed.
Nation, what do you think?
Tyler Glasnow sounds off on MLB's foreign substance crackdown and how it may have led to injury 😳 pic.twitter.com/47rcTnpk0l
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