After pitching two scoreless innings, Glavine ran into trouble in the third. He retired the first hitter of the inning then issued a walk to Jeff Frazier. Wilkin Ramirez tripled in Frazier and was followed by a Ryan Roberson home run. Glavine escaped the inning without further damage.
Glavine underwent surgery last August to repair the flexor tendon in his pitching elbow and clear some debris out of his left shoulder. Since then, the elbow hasn't given him any problems. However, he aggravated the shoulder on April 12 while taking a swing during a rehab assignment at Double-A Mississippi. The veteran had been scheduled to make his first start for Atlanta on April 18.
Glavine will pitch again for Gwinnett on Thursday, when the club hosts Indianapolis, and on June 2 at Double-A Rome. Despite the runs in the third, Glavine was pleased with the outing. The radar gun at Gwinnett Stadium had his fastball clocked around 85 mph. Whether or not that reading was accurate, Glavine was encouraged by the strength he felt in his shoulder. In Spring Training, his fastball stayed in the low 80s.
"I was real happy with my stuff," Glavine said. "It's the best that I've had. My location was off, but everything felt good."
Adam Rosenberg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.