Friday April 18, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves pitcher Tom Glavine went on the disabled
list for the first time in his 22-year career tonight, forced out
by a strained right hamstring that needs more time to heal.
The 42-year-old left-hander had hoped to start tomorrow against
the Los Angeles Dodgers, six days after leaving a start at
Washington in the first inning.
Even before last night's series opener, Glavine sounded
optimistic he could avoid the DL. He said, "Hopefully it was just one of those freak things. I've done my treatment, I've done my exercises. Everything seems to be normal."
During the game, however, the Braves said team doctors found
that Glavine's hamstring had not healed enough to allow him to take
the mound. He was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 14. The Braves recalled Chuck James from Triple-A Richmond to start
the second game of the weekend series against the Dodgers.
Last Sunday, Glavine threw only 16 pitches and failed to retire
a batter against Washington, matching the shortest start of his
303-win career. Only one other time had he left a game without
recording an out. Now, he's headed to the disabled list.
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