Glavine joins Braves camp a little cranky

   It’s just like ole times, seeing Tom Glavine shuffle into the clubhouse at Disney, flip flops on, styrofoam coffee cup in hand. Only this time a few more flecks of gray in his hair, and a little more candid with what’s going on with his body.

 

   Coming off shoulder and elbow surgery, and trying to wind up his 42-year-old body to get back on the mound, Glavine admitted he was feeling some “crankiness,” as he put it, in his left shoulder.

   He said shoulder soreness is something he’s dealt with every spring for 15 years and anticipated facing at some point in his comeback, but because he’s coming off surgery, it’s something he’s paying close attention to. Here’s how he put it:

   “A lot of what I’m feeling is very similar to what I’ve felt in past years, and most years I probably have no concern over that, ‘Well that’s typical spring training,’” Glavine said. “But when you’re coming off surgery, and the uncertainty of what to expect when you deal with that, it gives me probably some measure of concern I wouldn’t have had in the past. But it’s not like I’m ‘Oh my god, something’s wrong’ or any of that stuff. I think it’s typical spring training crankiness, coupled with coming off surgery that I knew sooner or later I’d have to work my way through.”

   Glavine played some long toss on Wednesday morning in camp and anticipated getting on the mound to throw either a side session or some batting practice on Thursday.

   From there, he’ll get with Roger McDowell and work out a plan to get him ready for that first start in the fifth spot in the rotation April 18. That should get him into a spring training game, he said, late next week or next weekend.

   So the “crankiness” doesn’t appear to be slowing him down. Coming off surgery, for a guy who turns 43 on March 25, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise. It’ll just be something to keep an eye on the next few weeks.

   I did toss out a question about Tommy Hanson and whether Glavine feels like he’s in competition with the young prospect to secure a spot in the rotation. Here’s his response:

   “No, I think for me, its’ all about getting healthy,” Glavine said. “My only competition, so to speak, is with myself and trying to get ready for April 18. I understand Tommy Hanson and who he is, and that in all likelihood he’ll be here next year and I won’t. But that’s down the road. I don’t have any control over that right now other than ‘Hey, maybe I go out and have a good year and maybe they want me to come back next year.’”

 

 

HANSON RAVING:

   In other news, I thought you guys might want to hear what Don Sutton had to say this morning about his impressions of Tommy Hanson.

   He seemed even more impressed with talking to Hanson after he pitched than with watching what he did yesterday in his three innings vs. Panama (one unearned run, striking out three of first four batters, etc).

   “When you talk to a guy like that for five minutes, you throw the birth certificate out the window,” Sutton said. “He has four pitches, he’s a quick learner, makes great adjustments. I just wish for him great health. I think he has a chance to be a superstar.”

   Sutton said he’s talked to Hanson twice now, including Tuesday when Hanson told him he wasn’t happy with his curveball but he’d get it worked out.

   “He kept it simple,” Sutton said. “He’s a quality young man. I’m impressed with the person. He’s a young man who understands him. A lot of pitchers, young and old, have a problem with their identity as a pitcher, they want to be somebody else.”

 

COMING ON THURSDAY:

   Garret Anderson in the batter’s box. Bobby Cox said again the plan was to get Anderson in there tomorrow against Venezuela. The game starts at 2 p.m. by the way, not 1, because Venezuela asked for extra time over travel concerns.

   For some who’ve asked why Anderson is starting so late, it’s because he signed late. He needed time to work back into the flow instead of jumping right back in against game pitching. He’s the kind of hitter though, a veteran guy, who figures he needs maybe 30-35 at-bats to be ready for the season. 

   Chipper Jones is going to be a part of David Letterman’s Top 10 Reasons to Watch the World Baseball Classic on Thursday’s show. Each of 10 guys will read one reason – I presume – along with Derek Jeter, David Wright, Jimmy Rollins, etc. Check it out if you like. Me? I’m on spring training time. Might be asleep!

 

LINEUPS:

 

Braves

 

Josh Anderson CF

Yunel Esocbar SS

Kelly Johnson 2B

Casey Kotchman 1B

Jeff Francoeur RF

Jason Heyward LF

Omar Infante 3B

David Ross C

Kenshin Kawakami P

 

(Kawakami’s will take his first swings today. From what we saw in the cage, he can handle a bat.)

 

Yankees:

 

Johnny Damon LF

Brett Gardner CF

Xavier Nady RF

Juan Miranda 1B

Angel Berroa 2B

Jose Molina C

Kevin Russo 3B

Ramiro Pena SS

Ian Kennedy P

 

    Off we go….this is where it ends. (Insert your own lyrics?!)

 

 

769 comments Add your comment

bigchiefrg

March 4th, 2009
12:19 pm

crap-wheelie

March 4th, 2009
12:24 pm

Why isn’t Don Sutton our pitching coach? Other than Greg Maddux, I can’t think of anyone who would be better.

Braveboi

March 4th, 2009
12:27 pm

DOB- what are the chances that Hanson comes in as our 5th starter this year to open up the season?

Mr. Nosemorthanu

March 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

toga party

March 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

So if Tommy is in camp, has there been a roster move?

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
12:31 pm

Can somebody keep us posted. I’m really interested in Kawakami’s starts since hes probably the biggest question mark in our rotation this year. I cant wait to see him pitch, I have only seen the youtube videos from when he was in Japan.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

There’s a video somewhere on youtube of Kawakami crushing a home-run for the Dragons so he certainly can handle a bat. I’m also sure he can probably handle Ian Kennedy to so that will be interesting if Kennedy stays in long enough.

toga party

March 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

If I recall, Don Sutton has said in the past that he has no interest in being a pitching coach. I seem to remember him fielding that question before.

Original Jon

March 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

Braveboi This is Carroll’s blog, not DOB’s

toga party I dont think they have to make a move until the season starts.

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Ritchie from Scotland,

Thats awesome. I just assumed that Japanese pitchers couldn’t hit. (Dice-K) Do you have a link for that?

KC

March 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

ease19, please email me when you get a chance at kccjr1@gmail.com, and we’ll make sure we follow through on that wager!

Also, since you’re in ATL, you are invited to join us (”us” being a number of other Braves fans… primarily people from this blog) for an opening day viewing party. We did this last year, and it was a lot of fun. I’ll probably be at Frankies on the Prado sports bar on the north end of 285.

leland

March 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

Dear Mr. DOB–don’t forget what I said when you quote Mr. Kawasoke. Your pal, Leland

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
12:39 pm

CR – Seems that if at any point early in the season and Glav can’t go, then we’d use say Campillo or a long reliever for intermittent starts rather than hurry Hanson into the rotation… accurate? Later in the season probably a different story.

chuckw/deadjournalist

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

leland – Mr. DOB is actually Miss CR

Mekons

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

It’s kinda nice to have a starting rotation again. Every team should have one. Thanks, Frank.

spotts

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

We’re cranky that Glavine’s here too.

ease19

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

KC

Its seems that someone else on the other blog once again confused your pred…(oh ok…hypothetical season) as mine…Well, I actually like them at this point too…

zephyr88

Kawakami is the biggest question mark versus a 42 year old coming off of surgery? Or the fact that Vazquesz has already been traded, and the question is to who?

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
12:40 pm

It’s Carroll right now, folks.

Kentavo

March 4th, 2009
12:42 pm

Why not put Caroll’s pic up there in DOB’s spot?

Jeff321

March 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

Notice how Cox has Frenchy batting in front of Heyward, eh? He sure wouldn’t want Frenchy to get his feelings hurt! I just wish this game was on MLB radio or streaming.

I sure will be glad when the “premium” in my MLB subscription kicks in on opening day.. Because this lack of radio and the 400K streams suck.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBcLCirMa4Q

thats the address for kawakami’s home-run not sure if that will link don’t really know what i’m doing here..

Tomahawk210

March 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

JOHNSON is going DEEP…in today’s game.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

oh it did work..

TBraveFan

March 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

I’m only cranky because I’m NOT there right now – as I said before, I’m sure having a long drive, sitting almost 8 hours has some impact – and I’m sure he’ll be just fine and dandy….simply cannot wait to be there to see it myself!!

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
12:46 pm

Wow, Yeh I just saw the video. Pretty good swing for a pitcher. He caught a hanging curve and put it in the LeftCenter bleechers. And he did a bat flip. Awesome

ease19

March 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

KC, what is the bet exactly? I thought that was with Lew?

spotts

March 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

How do people not realize that DOB is gone this week? That’s gotta be insulting for Carroll…it’s like calling your new wife your ex-wife’s name.

….except after a week the ex-wife comes back from vacation. But you guys get the gist

Marcus

March 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

2Parc I agree with your Campillo/ LR hypothesis for reasons of slowing the arbitration clock on Hanson.

JXN

March 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

Frankies has been close for quit some time. Might want to move that party.

King521

March 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Who cares about the home run swing…will we have a stuffed toy for him here in Atlanta to carry around after he hits a bomb?!?!

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
12:50 pm

King521

March 4th, 2009
12:49 pm
Who cares about the home run swing…will we have a stuffed toy for him here in Atlanta to carry around after he hits a bomb?!?!

Also, are we gonna have to play “My Humps” everytime he comes to the plate?

King521

March 4th, 2009
12:53 pm

In all seriousness…..what a disappointment the MLB crowds must be at stadiums across the nation when they have played in front of people as nuts as the crowds in Japanese leagues….The majority of fans in Atlanta are just there for a night out or taking a bored client to a Major League game!

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

I apologize for the confusion. I’m told the blog is set up with DOB’s photo and such and that they can’t just insert mine up there. I might make a cameo on a bio page at some point. Sorry about that. Guess you’ll just have to check the fine print.

And yes there was a roster move. Anthony Lerew cleared waivers, was outrighted and accepted an assignment to AAA Gwinnett.

spotts

March 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

getnathan

March 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

i hope braves kick yankees a…

DWW

March 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Do they have the DH in japan?

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
12:55 pm

Marcus… the arb thing, yes, but also, it will have to depend on how Campillo/LR does… if it gets desperate, thinking it’ll have to happen sooner than later. I would rather wait until it’s essential.

King521

March 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

The Central League does use a DH…the Pacific League does NOT…there is Interleague play similar to ours….

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

I’m told one of the Japanese leagues uses a DH, the other the pitchers hit. Kawakami played in the league where pitchers hit.

King521

March 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

Once again the live box score on MLB.com has G.Anderson leading off and playing center….lets not have the handful of goofballs who think that is correct…please check Carroll’s lineup to see it is surely JOSH Anderson leading off!!!

brian

March 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

I’m glad Lerew took the assignment. It was a tough spot, finally getting a call up and then getting injured. I hope he can get his career back on track now.

cabravesfan

March 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

zephyr8
Glad to see I was not the only one who noticed Kawakami’s bat flip…thanks for the video
That was a nice lookig swing by him- and not a cheap HR

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

little bit better crowd today, ahem

Ritchie from Scotland

March 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

I keep hearing in various articles that Hanson will be at AAA for a while to delay his arbitration clock..surely the goal of the team is to win games and should do whatever it takes to do that. How much is it actually going to cost the Braves in the long run to bring him up early?

Rodney Derrick

March 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

Carroll– Yesterday several of us on the blog asked about your reference to Jimy Williams working for the Braves, instructing bunting, since we have not read anything about this. Can you or DOB give us some details.

35YrBravesFan

March 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

Yeah!!!! CR, Tommy G is in the HOUSE! Great to hear, I hope all goes well with his continued recovery.

We are ready! for the season to start.

GO BRAVES!!

modrod

March 4th, 2009
1:04 pm

Carroll, we all want to know if you have that ballcap thing working today?

DAP

March 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

random what I am saying is that GAnderson will come closer in 09 to attaining Abreu’s career stats (.300/.405/.498) than Abreu himself will. That’s all.

hey man, its a ridiculous stab into thin air. thats all.

Jeff321

March 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

Why is the AJC so behind the times? Would it be asking too much for daily photos and video interviews with players? And hey, maybe you could even license the EXCLUSIVE footage to others, eh.

Btw, you’ve been doing a great job, Carroll Rogers. And your blogs and informational posts are far superior to anyone else on this site.

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

following kawakami today to the mound will be Blaine Boyer, Todd Redmond, Kris Medlen, Francisley Bueno, and Mariano Gomez.

Michael H.

March 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

What I want to know is why there is no audio out of Dark Star. I emailed MLB yesterday and they haven’t responded. Is the gravitational pull such that electromagnetic waves can’t escape?

GTSteve

March 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

Glavine must have hurt his shoulder signing the contract, because he was fine before that…..lol…I am just joking, I hope he wins 20 this year.

GTSteve

March 4th, 2009
1:11 pm

Anybody know who is scheduled to pitch Saturday.

Maddux

March 4th, 2009
1:11 pm

Jeff321: Thats ridiculous. Get outta here. Newspapers dont have the money to cover spring training like that. Spend some money and take a trip down to Orlando yourself.

BravesFanInRockies

March 4th, 2009
1:12 pm

Ritchie from Scotland

Delaying Hanson’s arb eligibility is IMO one reason the Braves worked so patiently with Glavine. (That, and the need for depth given the uncertainty surrounding Morton and JoJo.)

Hanson would be the fifth starter at best coming out of camp. At Gwinnett he could get regular work and still be a short drive away in case of injury.

And besides, if Hanson’s anywhere near the pitcher he’s supposed to be, you want to start his arb clock ticking in late June rather than early April. Bringing him to the bigs early could cost the Braves what, $8 or $10 million by his second year, which would (I think) be 2013?

If you don’t have to burn that eligibility for the sake of three or four starts, then by all means don’t.

cvbraves

March 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

My guess is Jurrgens will pitch Saturday.

getnathan

March 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

MLB.com has Garret Anderson in CF. It’s actually Josh.

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

Kawakami pitched a perfect first inning on nine pitches. Fell behind 3-0 to Johnny Damon but two pitches later got him to fly out to center. He got Brett Garnder to groundout to second on two pitches and got Xavier Nady to pop-up to left where Jason Heyward did a nice job covering ground to make the play. Of his nine pitches, five were strikes.

Bravely going forward

March 4th, 2009
1:13 pm

no updates yet?

getnathan

March 4th, 2009
1:14 pm

1-2-3 for Kawakami against Damon, Gardner, and Nady

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

Thanks for the update

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

Josh Anderson just doubled to right center to lead off the game. He’s back in the lineup after taking a day off for his sore glute muscle (how do ya spell that?). He tweaked it a bit sliding into second on Sunday.

cvbraves

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

Believe that’s about the same KK did first time out, 1-2-3, 9 pitches.

Mekons

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

Ritchie from Scotland: A. I was born in Aberdeen so I guess I’m Mekons from Scotland.

B. As for how much bringing him up early will cost us, if he’s as good as he looks, at least $20 million. That’s what a year of free agency will be worth for a No. 1 starter when he reaches free agency. Holding off for a few months makes a lot of sense, since we don’t actually need him at the moment.

Random

March 4th, 2009
1:16 pm

DAP</strong (11:59 am): “hm…no. what im saying is that he should have gotten two…or heck, even three. (did you notice he got 4?)

“this would have saved money for a bat, and opened a rotation slot for a young’un.”

You’ve lost me, now — four SPs?

Vazquez, Kawakami, Lowe, ???

Yer not counting Glavine, are you?

Like I said, Wren intended to get two SPs in the offseason, over and above Smoltz and Glavine.

When Smoltz left, he got three.

Thass all I’m tryna say.

Random

March 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

Format correction:

DAP (11:59 am): “hm…no. what im saying is that he should have gotten two…or heck, even three. (did you notice he got 4?)

“this would have saved money for a bat, and opened a rotation slot for a young’un.”

You’ve lost me, now — four SPs?

Vazquez, Kawakami, Lowe, ???

Yer not counting Glavine, are you?

Like I said, Wren intended to get two SPs in the offseason, over and above Smoltz and Glavine.

When Smoltz left, he got three.

Thass all I’m tryna say.

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

Pretty sure JA will be in CF and lead off come opening day. Good spring so far.

GTSteve

March 4th, 2009
1:19 pm

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:20 pm

Yeh Andersons gotta be starting CF this year. Hes is being projected at .285 4 HR 45RBI and a whopping 45 SB.

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

Seems like only true base stealer we have is JA… others have speed, but not so much the stealing threat… plus, out of options… I’m OK with it.

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:21 pm

Not so big on projections or predictions, but like what JA brings.

cphizzle

March 4th, 2009
1:22 pm

hey having josh anderson in cf is better than blanco for the simple fact that we wont have to listen to that annoying song he comes to bat to

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:22 pm

Yunel just moved Anderson over with a groundball to short, and kelly johnson walked on five pitches. Kotchman just ripped a two-run double down the right field line, 2-0 Braves. Francoeur followed it with a popup to second on the first pitch.

dude

March 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

thanks to CARROLL for updates. We have no live TV,streaming video,or mlb radio of this game —so we appreciate updates by YOU.

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

wow Carrolls yupdate seemed to get better, and better, then better, and well….then theres the last sentence. But hey its only ST.

cvbraves

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

I’m loving it. Thanks for the play-by-play.

Jeff321

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

>Jeff321: Thats ridiculous. Get outta here. Newspapers dont have the money to cover spring training like that. Spend some money and take a trip down to Orlando yourself.

The reporters are already getting paid. So, how much do you think it costs to upload photos and video? Oh right. Once you have a camera.. its basically the cost of labor and an internet connection. But, by all means — keep making excuses.

Btw, I live (4 miles on the same street) as the Nationals Vieira stadium and 50 miles from Orlando. So, perhaps you should give that advise to someone who doesn’t live in Florida!

dogsbrekky

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

Radio anyone anyone Yanks or braves have radio today ??

Or a play by play online ??

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

Thanks for the updates Carroll.. really appreciated.

Anyone think Kotch will surprise? Or at least do more that he did last year after coming over>

Bravos 11 from Albany,NY

March 4th, 2009
1:24 pm

How come the Yankees are not broadcasting this game on YES?

JOE

March 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

zephyr8 just wondering where your projection came from. Not criticizing it at all…just curious.

DAP

March 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

random

weather he set out to get two pitchers over and above smoltz and glavine is moot. really, how many pitchers he set out to get at all is moot.

the point is, he got 4 pitchers (lowe, vazquez, kawakami, and yes, glavine) and blocked the young guys from the rotation. he got one too many.

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

Heyward worked the count to 3-1 on Kennedy, before flying out to left on a 3-2 pitch to strand a runner at third.

Bravely going forward

March 4th, 2009
1:25 pm

anybody got the link to the play-by-play? this isn’t cutting it.

cvbraves

March 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Would expect to see Kotchman have those same pretty good numbers he put up for the Angels last year.

18 Wheels of Love

March 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Wow, first pitch swinging…never could have forseen that.

Tami

March 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

I’ve seen more than one question on audio/radio feed on today’s games. I just had a visit to the Braves’ site on MLB.com. They’re not scheduled for radio broadcast. Hey…that’s according to the site. The first game with audio & video feed will be this weekend. I printed off the schedule so I can keep up with it myself. Hope this helps everyone else out. GO BRAVES…beat the Yankees B—–eeeeehinds! (Keeping it tame….LOL)

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

Here you go Joe,

Man I hope this works. Ive never done this before.
http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6032&position=OF

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

Keep up the good work Carroll… not liking the Frenchy pop-up, but we still have time.

Carroll Rogers

March 4th, 2009
1:28 pm

Braves just moved Heyward from left to right in place of Francoeur. Not sure if he did something on that swing or if he was just supposed to get one at-bat today or something. Will try to find out, but might have to wait until I get down in the clubhouse.

dude

March 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Bravos from NY: I checked an they have a ‘CLASSICS’ spring game on YES. I totally dont understand that. I guess their execs. feel that with out JETER no body cares about Bombers?

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Kotch is a doubles machine.

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:29 pm

Actually it wasnt 45 SB it was 33-39, but id still take that. But again, its only a projection.

2Parc

March 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

Frenchy needs a breather… let’s let the young fellas win this one.

FreeSwining

March 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

maybe Bobby is tired of his first-pitch hacks like everybody else.

Shinnbone

March 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

In Japan, the Central League, — the equivalent of NL, the older one — doesn’t use DH, and the Pacific League does. Chunichi Dragons, Kawakami’s former team, is in the CL.

zephyr8

March 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

man mlb.com is so far behind….

Michael

March 4th, 2009
1:30 pm

So Who’s in LF now?

cphizzle

March 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

bobby must have talked to Jeff321 and decided to take Francouer out immediately because of one pop up.

Random

March 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

ease19

Way to catch yourself there at 12:40.

KC don’t make predictions — he has expectations.

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