2009 NEWS

2009 NEWS > 6/3/09


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Tom Glavine's return to the Atlanta Braves will not have a storybook ending.

The surefire Hall of Famer was released by the team on Wednesday, his agent told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Glavine, 43, spent the first 16 seasons of his career in Atlanta and was brought back last season. Injuries limited him to only 13 starts and he has yet to pitch for the Braves this season. He underwent elbow and shoulder surgery, then had complications in April while preparing to rejoin Atlanta.

The winner of 305 career games had thrown 11 scoreless innings in his last two rehabilitation starts, however.

Glavine was due a $1 million bonus if the Braves added him to the active roster and would have received another $1.25 million after 90 days.

The left-hander is not happy about the Braves' decision.

"He wants to pitch. He feels great," his agent, Gregg Clifton, said. "He's still shocked about being released by a team he's been a member of, and he's not prepared to retire. He looks forward to pitching again in 2009."

Glavine met with Braves general manager Frank Wren, John Schuerholz, and manager Bobby Cox. Glavine was told his velocity is down, and the executives suggested to Glavine that he could retire. But Glavine intends to pitch again.

At a time when the Braves are looking for offensive help and might need financial flexibility to acquire outfielders, it appears that this was a move made for economic reasons.

Clifton said: "Tom is extremely disappointed. He agreed to return to the Atlanta Braves at a drastic discount, and assume all the risk for his 2009 contract, except for a base salary. He has fulfilled his obligations and rehabbed diligently to return to the Braves staff, and to not have that opportunity at this time is extremely disappointing for a Hall of Fame player like Tom Glavine."