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Glavine and Medlen and Hanson and the Braves fifth starter

The old lefty Tom Glavine made a start before a sellout crowd for the Rome Braves last night. He threw six strong innings, allowing 3 hits, no walks, and struck out two. Glavine had this to say about his start:

"It felt like early in the game I was struggling with my mechanics, with my tempo. My location wasn’t great. (But) it felt like as the game went along, everything got a little better. ... Physically, I felt good."

As good as Glav did and as good as he felt about the start he may have to wait another week before he gets the chance to step into the Atlanta rotation. After Kris Medlen put together the best start of his young major league career last week, the Braves are apparently going to give him one more start this Saturday against the Brewers to see if he can continue his good work.

Cox said the Braves are looking at three different scenarios for Glavine but won't decide which way to go until they talk to Glavine after his rehab outing.

From Glavine's comments above it seems he will want to get into the rotation as soon as possible, so this seems to present a problem if Medlen is given another start. If I had to guess, I would say that Glavine would throw a simulated game over the weekend and then take over for Medlen next week when his spot in the rotation comes up.

All of this has a lot of folks, including me, asking "what about Tommy Hanson." In 11 starts at triple-A Gwinnett, Hanson has a 1.49 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, a .169 batting average against, and has struck out 90 batters in 66.1 innings. I'll repeat that last part... he has struck out 90 batters in 66.1 innings. The only knock against him is that he has surrendered 5 homeruns, so he is mortal after all. There should be little doubt at this point that he is ready to give it a try in the major leagues.

But with Glavine in the rotation and Medlen with possibly two good major league starts under his belt, Hanson is left in the unenviable position of waiting for some type of injury in the Atlanta rotation to possibly get the call over Medlen. None of us want any injuries to any of these guys (even Glavine), especially after what we went through last year. That leaves us waiting to see what the team will do and how it will use perhaps the most promising major league ready pitcher in the minor leagues.

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