Sources cloes to Major League Baseball report that the Braves have released pitcher Tom Glavine, who, just days ago, was reportedly healthy and ready to return to pitch for the Braves. Glavine was set to be paid $1 million when added to the active roster and another $1.25 million each for 30 and 90 days on the active roster.
After returning to Atlanta last season, Glavine had shoulder and elbow surgeries and has been attempting to regain the ability to pitch at the major league level. After throwing eleven scoreless innings in his latest two rehab starts, Glavine indicated that he was ready to head back to Atlanta.
Glavine, 43, has 305-career wins and spent the first sixteen seasons of his major-league career with the Braves. Since returning to the Braves in 2008, he made only 13 starts before being sidelined by injuries. His return in the 2009 season was set back in April by some recurring injuries however. Glavine has stated that he is not ready to retire and was fully looking forward to pitching in Atlanta this season. It’s not yet clear what options he will pursue.
I wonder what this signifies for the Braves? Are there bigger plans in the works? Or is it just time for Tommy to hang it up? More on this as we find out.