By Robert Hydrick - bio | email
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Just when it appeared that veteran Tom Glavine was ready to return to the Atlanta Braves rotation, the team abruptly released him on Wednesday afternoon.
The move was a surprise after Glavine had thrown rehab assignments last week at their AAA farm team in Gwinnett County and on Tuesday for their Class A team in Rome.
Glavine was planning to return to the Braves rotation sometime later this week.
Braves general manager Frank Wren is holding a press conference Wednesday evening.
Glavine's release likely ends his career as he has said several times he will retire if he could not pitch this season in Atlanta.
Glavine is the fourth winningest left-handed pitcher in Major League history with 305 wins.
He was drafted in the second round by the Braves in 1984 and made his major league debut in 1987.
He was one of the anchors of the Braves rotation from 1988-2002 where he won two Cy Young awards and at least 20 games five times.
He left Atlanta to sign with the New York Mets where he pitched for five seasons.
He returned to the Braves in 2008 but his season was cut short by injury and he had elbow and shoulder surgery last year.