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.