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Glavine hopes to return this weekend

Glavine hopes to return this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO -- It had been more than 20 years since Tom Glavine had pitched in a Minor League game, and if everything goes well, the Braves southpaw doesn't think he'll need to pitch in another one anytime soon.

After allowing one earned run and three hits in four innings during a Minor League rehab start for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach on Monday night, Glavine said that he'd like to make a start during this upcoming weekend's series against the Diamondbacks.

"If I feel good the next couple of days, I will pitch in Arizona," Glavine said via a text message.

The fact that he went four innings was certainly reason for encouragement for Glavine. Other than a simulated game he completed at Turner Field last week, he hadn't faced live hitters since he'd been forced to leave his June 10 start at Wrigley Field with elbow discomfort.

Two days later, it was revealed that he had a partially torn flexor tendon in his left elbow and would be sidelined for at least four to six weeks.

Since Glavine began to throw again approximately a month ago, he hasn't had any alarming problems with his elbow. While facing the Kinston Indians on Monday night, he felt some limited discomfort. But he said that this discomfort didn't compare to the pain he was feeling two months ago.

While proving perfect in both the first and fourth innings Monday, Glavine combined for four strikeouts. The lone run he surrendered came in the second inning, which began with him hitting Jared Goedert with a pitch. Two of the next three batters singled and Cirilo Cumberbatch ended up drawing a four-pitch walk.

"I felt good," Glavine said. "I felt like my mechanics got better as the game progressed."

During his 305-win career, Glavine's only two trips to the disabled list occurred this season. This was his first start in the Minor Leagues since 1987, when he made 22 starts for the Triple-A Richmond Braves.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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