2003 NEWS

2003 News > 7/30/03


By Kevin T. Czerwinski, MLB.com
Original Article HERE

NEW YORK -- If Tom Glavine had his druthers he'd be taking the mound Sunday against St. Louis.

It appears, however, that the strained right external oblique muscle he sustained Tuesday night against Milwaukee will probably prevent him from pitching this weekend and perhaps for a bit longer. Glavine met with associate team physician Dr. Joseph Bosco prior to Wednesday's game against the Brewers and was given a cortisone shot in his rib cage. He was listed as day-to-day and no decision was made as to whether he would make his next start.

"The decision to get the shot was mutual," Glavine said. "I've always responded well to them in the past. If there's anything I can do to speed my return I will certainly do it. After talking to Bosco, he felt the same way I did so we'll see how it works.

"It's more of an effort to speed things [the recovery time] up. If we're lucky enough to have good recovery and I pitch Sunday, great. Hopefully, though, this shot would make it closer to seven days rather than two weeks."

Glavine said the pain he was experiencing in his rib cage Wednesday afternoon was no worse than it was Tuesday night. That's not necessarily good news because he was clearly experiencing discomfort just standing and speaking to a group of reporters. Though he can move laterally, completing the motion of his follow-through when pitching causes a great deal of pain.

"If it were up to me I'd wait until as late as Saturday [to make a decision]," Glavine said in the afternoon. "But with having to make a potential roster move and finding out who is pitching in Triple-A, it becomes a whole domino effect. If I had to pitch today, no way. It might linger and then get better or it might be better by tomorrow."

He's been told by several of his teammates that such an injury can take as many as two weeks to heal. Glavine has had similar injuries in the past, but they were higher up in the rib cage and the pain with which he had to contend with then was not as great. He used cortisone in those instances to help him get by.

"This one is in a spot that comes into play during day-to-day movement and activity," Glavine said. "With this one, I don't have to find a place to make it hurt. I forget and I tried to pick up my kids today and I was like, 'Oh, I can't do that.' It's the kind of thing that once in a while you get relaxed and do a normal function and it just kind of bites you."

In addition to cortisone, Glavine also took novocaine shots when he had a broken rib in 1992.

"Looking back, though, I don't know how smart it was but it got me through the game," Glavine said of the novocaine he took after breaking the rib. "If I could take the shot now and go out there and pitch now I probably would.

"This isn't as excruciating as the broken rib. When I had the broken rib, it would knock me to my knees. This isn't that bad. It's more muscular than bone. Any time you're dealing with muscular problems, though, you're leery of the problem lingering."

Jason Roach, who had been called up to protect the New York bullpen after Glavine pitched only one inning, was returned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday night and infielder Marco Scutaro was recalled.