Friday, May 1, 2009
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ATLANTA - Jo-Jo Reyes wasn't included in many preseason projections for the Atlanta Braves' rotation.
Now Reyes' stock is on the rise.
Though he hasn't won a game since last June, Reyes impressed manager Bobby Cox and others with a strong start Tuesday night in the Braves' only win of their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
As Tom Glavine's status remains uncertain and Kenshin Kawakami is suffering shoulder fatigue, Reyes suddenly is a more important part of the rotation as the Braves prepare to open a weekend series against Houston tonight.
Glavine, 43, is attempting to return from offseason surgeries to his left elbow and shoulder. The procedure to the elbow was believed to be more serious, but Glavine has had ongoing problems with soreness in the shoulder.
Glavine threw in the outfield this week and hopes to throw off a mound early next week. He was encouraged by his progress this week, but has talked openly of retiring if he has continued soreness.
The Braves may have to stick with Reyes, who has five career wins, instead of Glavine and his 305 wins as the left-hander at the back of their rotation.
Reyes allowed only three hits, one walk and one run in seven innings but did not get the decision in the Braves' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old retired 13 consecutive batters.
"I think Tuesday night was the coming out party, that's for sure," Cox said Wednesday.