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2008 News > 8/15/08


By David O'Brien, AJC.com

Tom Glavine's comeback bid took an abrupt turn when the 42-year-old left-hander went back on the disabled list Friday with recurring soreness in his problematic pitching elbow.

The move came less than 24 hours after Glavine came off the DL to start Thursday night against the Cubs. He lasted only four innings and was charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks.

Glavine wasn’t immediately available for comment after the announcement Friday. Manager Bobby Cox said Glavine was sore “a little bit” after Thursday’s game, and that the decision to place him on the DL was made Friday.

The Braves purchased the contract of right-hander Matt DeSalvo from Richmond to provide depth for a fatigued bullpen. DeSalvo will not start for Atlanta, Cox said. DeSalvo was 2-11 with a 4.60 ERA in 32 games (sevens starts) for Richmond.

It’s unclear whether Glavine will be able to continue pitching this season, or whether he might require surgery. He was diagnosed with a partially torn flexor tendon near the elbow and spent two months on the DL before coming back Thursday after two minor-league rehab starts.

He said before Thursday’s start that the final six weeks of the season would be like an audition for Braves officials and for himself, to determine whether he was healthy enough and had the desire to keep pitching beyond the 2008 season.

Glavine is 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 starts this season between three stints on the DL. The 305-game winner and former two-time Cy Young Award winner had never been on the DL during his entire major-league career before this season.

The longtime former Braves ace spent the past five seasons with the New York Mets before returning to the Braves on a one-year, $8 million free-agent contract.

In 62 starts from the beginning of the 2006 season until Sept. 8, 2007, Glavine went 28-13 with a 3.88 ERA and .268 opponents’ average in 380 1/3 innings, averaging more than six innings per start. His team was 42-20 in those games.

But in 17 starts since then, the lefty is 2-6 with a 6.42 ERA and .312 opponents’ average in 81 1/3 innings, averaging just over 4 2/3 innings per start. His teams are 3-14 in that stretch.