KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Tom Glavine threw under game conditions for the first time since elbow and shoulder surgery, working two innings in an intrasquad contest Monday.
Glavine, who turns 43 next week, allowed two hits and one run while working against a lineup comprised mostly of top minor league prospects. He struck out two and threw 38 pitches.
Glavine leads all active pitchers with 305 wins. The left-hander made only 13 starts a year ago for Atlanta, going 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA before his season was cut short by an elbow injury. He went on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year career, undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and clean up his shoulder.
Glavine re-signed with the Braves after the start of spring training, agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract that could be worth another $3.5 million in bonuses depending on how much time he spends on the active roster.
He will begin the season on the DL but hopes to return by April 18 - the first game in which the Braves are projected to need a fifth starter. Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami will be the top four in the rotation, while leading prospect Tommy Hanson is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Gwinnett despite an impressive spring.
'I had a sense of unfinished business,' Glavine said after rejoining the Braves. 'I didn't want my career to end the way it did last year.'
He is tentatively scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance against the New York Mets on Saturday.
Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, a possible option if Glavine is not ready for the start of the season, worked five innings during the intrasquad game. He gave up two earned runs and five hits.