Glavine Nearly Pain-Free After Surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, August 26, 2008. (AP) -- Tom Glavine said he is just a little sore after season-ending elbow surgery and is unsure whether he'll pitch next season.

The 300-game winner said he'll wait to see how his recovery goes before deciding whether he will try to return to the Atlanta Braves for his 23rd season.

Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, told the 42-year-old Glavine that his left flexor tendon had not pulled away from the bone. So Andrews only had to clean out scar tissue and sew together a small gap that had formed in his tendon.

Glavine was relieved to hear that his ligament looked "great" and that no bone spurs were found.

Andrews, who told Glavine that he saw only minor scraping in both the rotator cuff and the labrum, prescribed range-of-motion and passive-resistance exercises for both his elbow and shoulder.

This year marked the first time in his career that Glavine, who has 14 career 200-inning seasons, was placed on the disabled list. Injuries to his elbow and hamstring caused him to land on the DL three times.

Glavine, who went 2-4 in 13 starts, is not under contract for next year. He has said he will return only if offered a one-year deal from the Braves.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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