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2009 NEWS > 4/14/09

GLAVINE DIAGNOSED WITH INFLAMMATION ON ROTATOR CUFF

By Carroll Rogers, AJC.com
Original Article HERE.

Tom Glavine was diagnosed with inflammation of his left rotator cuff after an MRI and examination by Dr. James Andrews Tuesday. He was instructed to take two weeks off and will be re-evaluated at that time.

The Braves are taking the approach that the pain Glavine felt in his shoulder during an at-bat on Sunday in a minor league rehabilitation start was just a setback. And they’ll continue to give Glavine time and flexibility to get healthy.

Glavine, 43, signed a one-year contract with the Braves in February to make his comeback from elbow and shoulder surgery performed by Andrews last August.

“He had a setback with a strained rotator cuff and will just be re-evaluated once they get the inflammation out of there,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.

When asked if it was considered a career-threatening injury, Wren said: “It wasn’t described that way. I think this is the type of injury that most any pitcher can get, a strained rotator cuff. It’s one of the things that happens to pitchers. He’s going to have to go through a process the next couple weeks to get the inflammation down and get to a point where he can start throwing again.”

Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will be called up from Class AAA Gwinnett to start in place of Glavine’s scheduled debut Saturday in Pittsburgh. His fifth spot won’t be needed again until April 28 but the Braves might choose to keep him up and available in the bullpen. Once a player is optioned back to the minors, he can’t be brought back within 10 days unless it’s to replace a player going on the disabled list.