Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Tyler Glasnow has officially been placed on the injured list after a partial UCL tear and a flexor strain. This came as a shock to everyone and fans were undoubtedly heartbroken at the news. After the news broke to the public, Glasnow spoke to the press about why this injury feels like it could have been prevented.
As many know, MLB has decided to implement harsher consequences to the rules about pitchers using foreign substances to have a better grip on the ball, but at what cost? The Rays right-hander was impassioned when discussing his injury and its relation to the crackdown on sticky stuff.
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According to Glasnow, he used rosin and sunscreen to help him with his grip while pitching, and once he went “cold turkey” and stopped using anything to help him pitch, he felt like he had used muscles he had never used before. Granted, if he hadn’t been pitching with this substance, to begin with, his body would have already been adjusted.
Glasnow does mention how he feels the MLB should have given pitchers time, such as the offseason to adjust to not using substances if they truly want to hold player’s health into account.
“I 100% believe that contributed to me getting hurt, no doubt,” said Glasnow. He also stated that if the MLB was not as harsh on players for using something to help them this might have been different.
However, Tyler Glasnow was not the first person to use something to help him pitch and he most definitely will not be the last. “You’re favorite pitcher, probably 50 years ago was using something too,” said Glasnow, which is a bold statement.
This conversation will always cause controversy throughout the league, but the rules are still the rules and consequences must follow.
If the league truly wanted to crack down on these rules, they should have already been checking more often. As Glasnow said, they should not be making decisions like this close to the middle of the season. All this will do is cause pitchers to panic and find new ways to hide foreign substances.
No matter what, the question stands, should players be allowed to use foreign substances when pitching or hitting? You be the judge.