ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine is scheduled
to be examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama. The visit
is expected to determine whether the pitcher's career is over.
Glavine is out for the rest of the season with a torn flexor
tendon. If Andrews determines he needs elbow ligament replacement
surgery to continue pitching, Glavine indicated he will retire.
Spending nearly 12 months rehabilitating from the Tommy John
procedure is all but out of the question for the 42-year-old
If Andrews suggests he only needs surgery on the tendon, Glavine
would undergo the operation almost immediately with the hope that
he could pitch next year. But he acknowledges there's no guarantee
the Braves would offer a one-year contract.
Atlanta's slide in the NL East standings also caused Glavine to
rule out any chance that Andrews or another orthopedist could try
an alternative procedure that would patch up his arm enough to let
him pitch this year.