2008 NEWS

2008 News > 7/25/08


By Mark Bowman, MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Braves prepared to begin a three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, they received some encouraging news involving Tim Hudson and Tom Glavine.

Hudson doesn't believe the tightness he experienced below his right elbow Wednesday will prevent him from making his scheduled start against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

"It's a little sore, but I don't think it's that big of a deal," Hudson said. "It feels better than it did [on Wednesday]."

After exiting Wednesday's start after just 68 pitches, Hudson said he thought his muscles were reacting to the fact that he'd thrown more split-finger fastballs than usual. He still isn't worried about the possibility that he has any structural problems with his elbow.

As for Glavine, he moved closer to returning to the Braves' rotation after completing a 50-pitch bullpen session Friday afternoon. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was pleased with what he saw, and the 42-year-old hurler gained further encouragement about his left elbow -- which has prevented him from pitching since June 10.

"It's gotten a little better each time out," said Glavine, who has thrown three bullpen sessions over the past week.

Glavine's added encouragement Friday came from the fact that he felt more strength in his shoulder, which suffered from the month-long layoff he had to take after learning he had partially torn the flexor tendon in his left elbow.

Glavine will throw a short bullpen session Sunday, and then plans to throw a simulated game at Turner Field on Wednesday. He's still hoping to rejoin the Braves' rotation in the middle of August.