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Glavine Injury

Tom Glavine doesn't know if he'll pitch again. But the 300-game winner is quite certain he'll need to undergo elbow surgery after visiting Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., sometime next week.
If Andrews determines that Glavine needs to undergo the Tommy John elbow ligament transplant surgery that requires at least one year of rehab, the veteran hurler will retire without going through that surgical process.

"I wouldn't come back from that kind of surgery right now," Glavine said. "I'd fix the tendon and leave the ligament alone."

While the tendon surgery would likely allow Glavine to begin his normal preseason preparations in January, there is still no guarantee that he'll pitch again. He's said that he'll only pitch for Atlanta, and it's too early to assume he'll fit into general manager Frank Wren's plans for the 2009 season.

At the same time, Glavine doesn't definitively know that he'll want to pitch again next year, even if given the opportunity from both a health and employment standpoint.

It would be a shame if this is how Glavine had to go out.

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I saw him when he first came in with the Braves in 87 - 20 years ago, a great career of 2 decades of ball. It was good for basball fans everywhere that he chose to play baseball instead of hockey after having being drafted by the LA Kings.

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