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Glavine reports ’couple of calls’

Former Braves ace unsure of his next move

June 6, 2009

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— Tom Glavine said he returned to the Atlanta Braves last season because he believed pitching for the Braves while living at home with his family was “the best of both worlds.”

Glavine, still seething after being released by the Braves on Wednesday, said Friday he’s not sure if he’ll attempt to prolong his career with another club.

“I’ve had a couple of phone calls in regards to pitching, I’ve had a couple of phone calls ... in terms of consulting or pitching coach type of situations,” he said, talking in depth for the first time about his release.

“I’m not worried about getting an opportunity to do something. I know I’ll be able to do something. That’s obviously something I’m going to have to take time to figure out.”

He said it wouldn’t be easy to mend his relationship with the Braves, who said the decision was based on the 43-year-old Glavine’s performance in his minor-league rehab appearances. But Glavine said, “It usually is about the money.”

Glavine would have earned a $1 million bonus by being added to the 25-man roster.

Braves chairman Terry McGuirk insisted Thursday the decision by general manager Frank Wren, team president John Schuerholz and manager Bobby Cox was not based on finances.

“I know they had a very tough time, but it was purely and only on the merits of what gave us the best chance to win, no financial interest whatsoever involved,” McGuirk said.

When asked if Glavine deserved at least one chance to complete his comeback, McGuirk said: “Bobby was in the unanimous camp with all the decision-makers on this. That’s all I can tell you. We all know Bobby is making decisions on winning the games. That’s I think the greatest gut-check on this one.”

Glavine said he believed he was released to clear the way for top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson to be promoted this weekend and to clear finances for Wednesday’s trade with Pittsburgh for outfielder Nate McLouth. Hanson is scheduled to make his debut against Milwaukee on Sunday — the day Glavine expected to pitch for Atlanta.

“I told those guys if it’s about you have better options, then tell me you have better options,” Glavine said. “I have listened the last day and a half about how bad I am, how bad I pitched and how I can’t get anybody out in the big leagues. I’ve heard all that stuff. I don’t agree with it.”

On Wednesday, Wren said Glavine’s “comeback was not working.”

“Our evaluation was he would not be successful,” Wren said of Glavine’s major league outlook.

Glavine threw a combined 11 scoreless innings in his last two minor-league rehab appearances, including six scoreless innings for Class A Rome on Tuesday night.

“Based on my performance?” Glavine asked, repeating Wren’s assessment. “Well, my bad, I just threw 11 scoreless innings. Was I supposed to throw a no-hitter and strike out 15? That’s never been my style of pitching.”

Glavine said he believed the decision to release him was made before his game at Rome on Tuesday night.

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