Glavine slated for another rehab start

Glavine slated for another rehab start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tom Glavine was hoping to pitch in Arizona this weekend. But the Braves have decided he needs to build his endurance with one more Minor League rehab start.

Glavine will pitch for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday, when it hosts the Jacksonville Suns. Braves manager Bobby Cox wants the 42-year-old left-hander to throw somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 pitches.

After throwing 53 pitches and completing four innings for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach on Monday, Glavine said that he didn't think he'd need another rehab start. But because he hasn't pitched in the Majors in nearly two full months, the Braves decided it would be best for him to increase his endurance.

Glavine has been sidelined since June 10 because of a partially torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. During Monday's game, he said he only occasionally felt some minor discomfort. But the pain didn't compare to what he was feeling two months ago.

This will be just the second Minor League start Glavine has made since making his Major League debut in 1987. Before this season, he had never been on the disabled list.

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