Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - When Tom Glavine makes his second rehab start for the Gwinnett Braves today, the expectation is the left-hander will extend his pitch count from his first start.
In his last start with Gwinnett on Saturday, Glavine threw three innings, gave up five hits, and three earned runs. He threw 56 pitches, 33 for strikes.
Today, that pitch count should increase to about 75 pitches, pushing the 300-game winner at least into the fourth inning.
Glavine is still trying to return from off-season shoulder surgery that he aggravated in an at-bat in his first rehab start with Class AA Mississippi. Today's 2 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirate-affiliated Indianapolis Indians will also force Glavine to bat for the first time since he injured himself April 12.
Glavine said he was encouraged following his last outing where he struggled with his location, but increased his velocity into the mid-80s.
Glavine's rehab starts limited the G-Braves rotation options, but it opened up their post-game menu.
Glavine is expected to buy steaks for the team before it heads off on a road trip, starting at Syracuse on Friday.