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GLAVINE WILL NOT REQUIRE LIGAMENT TRANSPLANT SURGERY

By Carroll Rogers, AJC.com

Tom Glavine got the news he was looking for Wednesday. He needs surgery to repair the torn flexor tendon in his elbow, but he does not need ligament transplant surgery.

That means with a four-to-five month rehabilitation, he’ll at least have a chance to return to pitch next season, if the Braves are open to the idea.

“Happy about the diagnosis,” Tom Glavine said in a text message to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Still not sure about next year but this will give me a chance.”

Glavine has said he would not pitch anywhere other than Atlanta next season.

The 42-year-old Glavine had planned to retire if he was told he needed ligament transplant surgery, which has a minimum of 12 months’ recovery time.

Glavine was examined Wednesday morning by Dr. James Andrews. Andrews will perform Glavine’s tendon surgery Thursday in Birmingham.

Glavine spent more than two months on the disabled list with a partially torn flexor tendon. He returned on Thursday, making one start against Chicago, and shut it back down afterward. He allowed seven runs on seven hits in four innings.

He is 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 starts this season. Glavine is in his 22nd season in the major leagues, including 17 with the Braves, the organization that drafted him in the second round in 1984.

Glavine has Hall of Fame credentials, surpassing 300 wins last year with the New York Mets. He is 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA for his career. He has the fourth most career wins of any left-handed pitcher, behind Warren Spahn (363), Steve Carlton (329) and Eddie Plank (326).

He has made 682 starts in his career, which is 12th all-time.

He signed a one-year $8 million contract to return to the Braves and play in the city where he makes his home with his wife Chris and four children. Until this season he’d never been on the disabled list. He’s made three stints this year, once for a hamstring injury and twice with his elbow problems.