Tyler Glasnow Nearing Return to Altoona

Tyler Glasnow took the mound in Morgantown Friday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle last month.

The Pirates top-ranked prospect missed one start after the initial injury occurred May 6 and in his next outing gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He’s been on the disabled list since May 21.

In short-season West Virginia’s first game as a club, Glasnow was charged with three runs (two earned) in 1 1/3 innings. He was supposed to pitch three innings, but was pulled after throwing 38 pitches and recording four outs.

But the results weren’t what mattered about the outing.

“He threw the ball healthy and let the ball go,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “Obviously not the results he or we were looking for but he threw the ball healthy and ready to continue to build on it.”

Jamey Conlin reported Glasnow’s fastball velocity touched 98 mph and while he threw his curveball, didn’t have his usual command of the pitch.

Huntington said the Pirates current, but not yet final, discussion is that Glasnow will make one more start–likely with the Black Bears again–and then return to Double-A Altoona.