Glavine enjoys successful bullpen session

Three weeks ago, it seemed like Tom Glavine’s next big step might be preparing his retirement speech.  But the 43-year-old left-hander’s troublesome shoulder has steadily proved to be less bothersome and he made another good impression during a bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park on Friday afternoon. 

“He looked good,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He had some life and he felt good.” 

While primarily using a moderated effort level, Glavine threw approximately 90 pitches and revealed no signs of concerning discomfort.  He utilized all of his pitches and according to some bystanders did so with impressive precission. 

“Everything went well,” Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell said. “He threw all of his pitches and each of them looked sharp.” 

This was just the second time that Glavine has thrown off a mound since shoulder discomfort forced him to exit a Minor League rehab start with Double-A Mississippi on April 12.  As long as he recovers well, he’ll likely increase his effort level during another bullpen session early next week. 

During this next bullpen session, Glavine may attempt to essentially simulate a two or three-inning outing.  Right now, building arm strength is more important to him than getting used to throwing to hitters again. 

With the possibility that he may need to make just one or two Minor League rehab starts, there’s certainly a chance that he could rejoin the Atlanta rotation before the end of this month.

After completing Friday’s session, Glavine flew back to Atlanta to be present this weekend for his son’s First Communion.  

24 Comments

Anyone want a Jo Jo?

After tonight’s performance, that’s a big “NO NO!”

I “tivo” most Braves games I watch here in Jacksonville. Is it bad that I fast forward through Jordan Schafer’s at bats because I already know the outcome?

Jo Jo and Kawakami are a combined 1-13 in their last 14 starts. What is going on with Bobby and Wren? The last game I watch Kawakami pitch against the Mets the announcers were stunned at how slow KKs curve was. He will never get anyone out at this level with a mediocre fastball and that Eddie Harris Vaseline curve ball he has. $8 million a year and we got this guy for another 95 plus starts. I want to throw up all over Frank Wrens pocket so every time he has to reach in to get money out he will feel the pain and disgust Liberty Media Group feels when they Pay this guy $308,000 every 1st and 15th of the month. Frank Wren and Isaiah Thomas are from the same school of GMs. It took a sexual harassment case to get Isaiah out of town. I hope we won?t need that much to get birdman to hit the road and go back to Birdland, Maryland.

Didn’t Glavine hurt himself this time when he was taking batting practice, not pitching… the Brave’s pitchers have always been good hitters too, but maybe Tommy should just take three or bunt when he comes to the plate. If it means he can stay healthy enough to remain in the rotation, then better for him and the team.

Just flat out WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s Jo Jo, he looks “good” for a while then implodes. When all is said and done, his ERA is in the 5’s again, and the Braves don’t win his starts.
Glavine is the only man now standing in the way of the real answer 40 miles up the street.
It will be very hard for the Braves to win 90 out of 162, but it is nearly impossible for them to win 90 out of 130. The fifth starter has to be a real pitcher, the Braves have to make a decision as to which of Jo Jo, Glavine, or Kawakami will be the number 5 guy. Number 4 is very obvious, and needs to be in Atlanta very soon. There is no way the Braves make the playoffs if 40% of their games will be started by Kawakami, Glavine and Jo Jo. NO SHOT AT ALL in that scenario. The big three would have to win 70 between them, and that isn’t going to happen. It is time to start the new era in Atlanta.

I am so excited about Glavine’s improvement. I cannot wait to see him back on the mound.

“The fifth starter has to be a real pitcher, the Braves have to make a decision as to which of Jo Jo, Glavine, or Kawakami will be the number 5 guy. Number 4 is very obvious, and needs to be in Atlanta very soon. ”

Darn straight. Frankly, Glavine should retire, JoJo start and leave after 5, with Kawakami in mid relief or spot start. But it doesn’t matter. If they don’t call up the Big “H” soon, Braves can discard the season into the trash can.

As it is, they’re no better than third in the division. It’s time to see what they have in their AAA starters to make wise decisions for next year.

xman

“The fifth starter has to be a real pitcher, the Braves have to make a decision as to which of Jo Jo, Glavine, or Kawakami will be the number 5 guy. Number 4 is very obvious, and needs to be in Atlanta very soon. ”

Darn straight. Frankly, Glavine should retire, JoJo start and leave after 5, with Kawakami in mid relief or spot start. But it doesn’t matter. If they don’t call up the Big “H” soon, Braves can discard the season into the trash can.

As it is, they’re no better than third in the division. It’s time to see what they have in their AAA starters to make wise decisions for next year.

xman

Glavine is going to surprise some people. He was lethal in spring training with a fastball that barely rivals Jamie Moyer…

We are definitely going to see a trade of some sort regarding braves pitching. We have 8 or 9 people in AAA or the big club that are capable of being in a starting rotation, and the only ones that will definitely stick around are Lowe, Jurrjens, and Hanson. Well, and Glavine. Expect a move so that Hanson can move up, and we get something out of it, too. We need a lefty, and Glavine is MUCH better than Reyes. Reyes is trade bait or AAA seasoning bound within a few weeks. Notice that Glavine did his session on the day Reyes pitched?

I think it’s a likely scenario to see a rotation that looks something like:

Lowe/Jurrjens/Vazquez/Hanson/Glavine around June 15, and I don’t see a rotation that good in the majors, let alone the NL East. MAYBE the Yankees, but I don’t even think they match up… Anywhere else?

accxman…i would love to see a rotation that includes hanson by the 15th of june, but you never mentioned kawakami. i agree he hasnt measured up to expectations but i would highly doubt we are going to trade him or send him down with the amount of money we paid him! so that means glavine or hanson is out….? i think we need to use these pitchers we have to go out and get another bat, we need another outfielder, schafer just isnt cutting it!!!! i know hes young but he cant hit the ball….im so sick of watching him strike out its pathetic!

I was the one who didn’t mention Kawakami. I picture him as a spot starter at best, and possibly as a trade bait. He WILL improve but where do we have room for him? I mentioned a trade – we will be trading someone to get a good bat.

Kawakami won’t be traded, so it’s pretty much best to stop thinking about it and ponder real solutions.

As far as Schafer goes, he’s 4th on the team in on base percentage behind only Chipper, Infante, and Kotchman. When you have a player with his tools, the bottom line is that he needs to do that which is apparently anathema — START BUNTING. The threat of his speed, even if he’d just SHOW a bunt every now and then, should pull a third baseman in and allow him more ability to slap one by him. It’ll also cut down on his strikeouts.

…and let’s not even mention the 1/2 SB/attempts.

I’m going to roundabout a plea for the Braves to bring up Hanson. I think Atlanta has to acknowledge that we are a competitive yet highly flawed team. We can compete in what’s shaping up to be a less than stellar N.L. East, but Atlanta should also be thinking about building for better success down the line. KK is only a real option to continue being handed a rotation spot if 1) Atlanta is sure it’s competing right now and 2) KK’s sure to pitch better. I’d argue both of those are not true. KK’s a 33 yeard old pitcher with a prototypical Japan-league repetoire of pitching. He’s never had to pitch under the demands of an MLB schedule nor versus the depth of hitting that exists here. I can appreciate that he’s got a big contract (the rights of which were battled for by more than just the Braves). He just has not panned out early and is already suffering fatigue. Not what I like to hear. He’s likely untradeable at the current time and a $7 million/year middle reliever might not be ideal, but I’d prefer that to tanking a start every 5 days. Plus, a reduced workload might permit KK to pitch more like his scouting report making him more valuable if overpaid. Reyes has already proven that he’s not likely to ever be a consistent starter at the major league level. He reminds me far too much of other much tauted Braves lefties with questionable mental make-up (i.e. Bruce Chen, Damian Moss, Chuck James).
All of this brings me to Hanson. I can appreciate the desire to delay his arb. clock/get him more seasoning/etc., etc., etc. The fact remains, there are worse things than starting that arb. clock at bit early. He’s still going to be under control for a considerable number of years. Even starting the clock early, contracts like Chipper’s will be gone by the time he could even foreseeably make bigger money. He’s now dominated the minors for a year, and at some point you just stunt a guy’s growth if he’s just consistently facing mediocre hitting. I for one would love to see some Tommy Hanson versus the Phillies line-up or Tommy Hanson versus Albert Pujols. Let the guy show his true value. I doubt at this point the Rays are questioning bringing up Longoria a bit quicker than desired. Hanson gives us the best chance to win now and is such an important part to our future that letting his “development” progress immediately makes sense. I know my pleas mean nothing, but hey, everyone gets to have an opinion.

Hey, I am a Braves fan and a Hanson fan, but let’s remember Hanson could be just as faulty as any other minor leaguer. He hasn’t pitched in the majors during a regular season match, so he is still unproven. He may look amazing down there but who knows what he will be like here. I love the guy but let’s not put all the burden of turning the Braves season on him. We have way more issues than pitching. Our offense needs to pick it up on a consistent basis. I just think if we keep putting so much pressure on Hanson he may just come up and flop. Just an opinion. I know I am gonna get some hate comments but still. Look at it reasonably

As a Braves fan, it has been a privilege to watch Bobby Cox manage over the years. Lately, though, I have been unimpressed with the decisions made to manufacture runs. Instead of trying to accumulate as many runs as they can, the slow way (one at a time), it seems like they are always trying for a big inning, with a lineup that can’t do that. For instance, with 2 men on and nobody out, Kotchman should have bunted. I know he is hitting well, but Bobby should have traded an out to get 2 men in scoring position for Franceour. He rarely bunts his players or has them steal. Any thoughts?

It is getting very discouraging watching game after game with Cox continuing to go with Schaffer in center. It would be good to either sit him down for a couple of games or send him out. Obviously he is over matched with major league fastballs and if his strikeouts continue, he may mind may get so bent out of shape he may never recover.

a643dp, signing Kawakami was just as much about tapping into the Japanese market as it was re-building our rotation. And Kawakami throws way more than just a fastball and slow curve. He’s well regarded for his cutter and he also throws a forkball and shuuto. Give him time, jesus.

i have been a loyal braves fan since 1949; i,d like to see hanson when he is ready and there is not enormous pressure to save the braves season. why isn,t anyone giveing campillo any consideration. he did a good job for us last year ; but he is the forgotten man. i will be horrified if jo jo gets another start. campillo should get a chance. hopefullly glavine will be helpful soon.

Campillo is on the disabled list.

PWH, what pitch is a “shuuto”? That a Japanese version of a split or something? Is anyone else besides me amazed at how complimentary the commentators were to the Braves today on the FOX game? Usually everyone just dumps on our team by saying how great the opponent is and how terrible the Braves are as opposed to their glory days of 1991-2005.

Maybe if the Braves could actually score some runs and give Jo Jo a lead at least once he will calm down and win some games. And in regards to Kawakami.. I know they need to give him more time, but I don’t see where he fits in down the road.

jimphelps,
A shuuto is nothing like a split. The best way to describe it is to call it a “reverse-slider”. It breaks like a screwball (basically does the same thing), but it is thrown much harder and basically acts like a loopy cutter. The other way to describe it would be to say it is the pitch Matsuzaka throws that everyone in America calls a “gryoball’. Matsuzaka is actually throwing a shuuto whenever someone suggests he’s throwing a gyroball.

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