After Surgery, Glavine Gets Good Report

Friday, August 22, 2008

Braves LHP Tom Glavine underwent surgery on his left elbow and shoulder yesterday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Glavine's partially torn tendon in his elbow was repaired by orthopedist James Andrews, who also cleaned up Glavine's shoulder. The Braves said the 42-year-old should be able to start a throwing program by January.

"We were pleased by the report that there was not a significant injury to the elbow or shoulder that would prevent Tom from pitching in the future," Braves GM Frank Wren said in a statement.

Glavine isn't under contract for next season and only wants to pitch for Atlanta, close to his home and family. He had said he'd retire if he needed elbow ligament replacement surgery, which often requires at least a year of rehab.

Glavine spent the first 16 seasons of his career with the Braves, winning the World Series-clinching Game 6 against Cleveland in 1995 and the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and '98. He also won 20 games or more five times.

ยท POSSIBLE: Ryan Church could be back in the Mets' outfield for the opener of a series against the Astros tonight.

Church has been sidelined by post-concussion syndrome since he left a July 5 game against the Phillies with dizziness -- six days after he came off the DL. He missed most of June following a May 20 concussion, his second in less than three months.

Church went 0 for 4 and played nine innings in right field last night in a rehab game with Class AA Binghamton.

"He's healthy, playing well, obviously getting the at-bats that he needs," Mets Manager Jerry Manuel said yesterday. "And he hasn't had any setbacks."

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