LAWRENCEVILLE - Tom Glavine plans to make a regular start Tuesday. Where he starts remains a question.
The 300-game winner pitched five innings in his second rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday and looked much improved over his last start five days before. Glavine is still trying to return from offseason shoulder surgery that he aggravated in his first rehab start in an at bat with Class AA Mississippi. He allowed six hits, but no runs, walking one and striking out two in the G-Braves' 10-6 win over Indianapolis.
In his two at-bats Thursday, Glavine laid down a sacrifice bunt and watched three strikes. He never took a swing.
"It's like anything, when something happens one time you are little bit cautious about it the next time," said Glavine, who hasn't taken batting practice during his rehab. "I don't' think they care too much about my hitting."
Pitching was Glavine's concern, and he improved from his previous start.
"It was a much better job of pitching than the other night. I felt much more under control. I felt like my location was a lot better. I still fought it a little bit, especially in that last inning, but that is part of the process, too."
The Atlanta Braves return from a West Coast trip to host Chicago on Tuesday, and the Class A Rome Braves are home against Augusta. Glavine will pitch for one of the two.
"I am either going to pitch another (rehab start) Tuesday or I am going to pitch in the big leagues Tuesday," he said. "Part of that will be largely on how I feel about where I am and how I would feel about going in and pitching to a big-league lineup. So far, I felt good during the course of the game and everything I have experienced after I go out and throw has been pretty consistent, so far so good."
Glavine's longest inning took only 18 pitches and he needed 67 pitches to get through five innings. He threw 56 in just three innings in his start Saturday. The biggest difference was his command followed his velocity. He allowed three more hits but stayed away from the big mistakes that led to Saturday's three earned runs.
If I am turning around (and looking at the speed gun) and seeing 83s and 84s and the occasional 86s then that is where I want to be," Glavine said. "It is just a matter of trying to hone in my location to go along with it.
"The good thing about today was when I got into jams I made some decent pitches and the guys turned some good double plays behind me so that was good."
The G-Braves infield turned three double plays to help Glavine earn his first win since May 20 of last year against the New York Mets and his first minor-league win since 1987 with the Class AAA Richmond Braves.
"It will be my first minor-league win in a long time and hopefully my last one," he said.