pdated: Aug. 22, 2006, 11:20 AM ET Mets' Glavine doesn't need surgery, will return soon
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On Sunday it was feared Tom Glavine might miss the rest of the season. Now, the veteran Mets left-hander might be on the mound as soon as next week.
New York Mets
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
26 12 6 53 103 3.92
Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that an angiogram performed Monday revealed that Glavine has some small blood clots, which have been there for a period of time. This is actually good news, because it indicates his body has been dealing with this on its own.
There is no immediate need for an invasive procedure. Glavine likely will be treated with blood-thinners, possibly baby aspirin. He most likely will be able to return to the mound in seven to 10 days.
The New York Post first reported that Glavine would not require surgery.
Glavine felt coldness in his left ring finger after his start Wednesday in Philadelphia.
The New York Times reported Sunday night that an ultrasound and a magnetic resonance imaging test Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan revealed a problem. Glavine was scheduled to have an angiogram on his left shoulder to see if there is blockage of an artery.
"There's something in my artery that concerns them, but to this point in time, we don't know exactly what it is," Glavine told the Times. "And we're not going to know until I get the angiogram done."
The Daily News reported that doctors are unsure whether Glavine's problem is related to a blood clot or possibly a "knot" in an artery near his left shoulder. A clot could be addressed with medication while a knot may require an invasive procedure to correct.
Doctors apparently have ruled out an aneurysm, the newspaper reported. Last year, Mets reliever Felix Heredia experienced coldness and numbness in his pitching hand and ultimately was diagnosed with an aneurysm in the shoulder, which ended his Mets career.
Glavine's left middle finger and index finger were diagnosed in 1990 with Raynaud's, a condition caused by poor circulation that leads to numbness and coldness.
"We just thought it was an extension of that," he said, "and then when they got further into the tests, I guess they picked something up when they did the ultrasound."
This was the first time his ring finger was bothered, and it still felt cold Sunday. He consulted with teammate Roberto Hernandez, who had blood clots in his right forearm in 1991 and had a vein transplanted from a leg to the arm.
Glavine became a star while pitching for Atlanta from 1987-2002. His hair now starting to gray, he is 12-6 with a 3.92 ERA for the NL East-leading Mets, and his 287 victories rank third among active pitchers behind Roger Clemens (346) and Greg Maddux (329