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Glavine open to helping pitchers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Few young pitchers can turn to a 300-game winner for advice.

Tom Glavine is making sure Atlanta's young pitchers know he's available to help.

Glavine, the left-hander who has returned to the Braves after five seasons with the New York Mets, says he won't force his opinions on other young pitchers on the staff, including left-handers Jo-Jo Reyes and Chuck James. He says he's willing to help if asked, and Reyes asked.

But Reyes says he has turned to both Glavine and pitching coach Roger McDowell for help with his footwork.

'I would not consider myself to be an extremely outgoing person, but I try to portray a personality that I'm approachable and you can come up at any time,' Glavine said Thursday. 'I've told most of them I'm not going to come to you or force-feed you, but if you ever want to ask a question or you ever want me to watch a side session, just tell me a time and I'll be there.

'They've been good. They've asked questions here or there.'

Reyes said he approached Glavine, 41, for advice.

'One day I saw him watching my bullpen and a couple days after I asked him what his opinion was,' Reyes said. 'My next bullpen, he kind of was helping me out."

Glavine said he talks with young pitchers about more than mechanics.

'Ultimately you want these guys to become their own pitching coach."