Inside Pitch: Glavine happy to avoid DL

Left-hander Tom Glavine is proud he's been able to stay off the disabled list during his career, and he's especially grateful the Mets didn't disable him Monday before tests showed he didn't have a blood clot in his pitching shoulder.

Glavine could be shut down for up to 10 days. Had he gone on the disabled list, he would have been kept off the mound until Sept. 1.

"I'm hoping to pitch before then," said Glavine, who did some light rotator cuff exercises Wednesday and hopes to play catch Thursday.

Glavine is aiming toward throwing in the bullpen Saturday.

"From there, maybe we can figure out when I can pitch," he said.

As a preventative measure, Glavine is being treated with blood thinners and medication to improve his circulation.

REPLAY: The Mets jumped on Mark Mulder with a four-run first inning, and Jose Reyes added a three-run homer in the third as New York beat St. Louis 10-8 Wednesday night at Shea Stadium.

Reyes had two other hits to snap out of a 1-for-17 slide.

The beneficiary of the early support was Steve Trachsel, who gave up six runs on six hits in five innings but still improved his record to 13-5.


  • LHP Tom Glavine hopes to throw in the bullpen Saturday and pitch early next week at Colorado. Glavine received good news Monday when tests showed the coolness in his left middle finger was caused by scar tissue and not a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. Glavine does have some minor clots that are being treated with blood thinners and medication to improve his circulation. That the Mets didn't put Glavine on the DL Monday is indication they believe he'll be available sooner than Sept. 1.

  • RF Shawn Green is expected to be in the Mets' lineup Thursday. Green was acquired Tuesday from Arizona for minor league LHP Evan MacLane. Green has hit at least 30 homers four times during his career, but has only 11 this season. After a slow start, Green said he's given up trying for homers. "I made a conscious effort to stop chasing home runs," said. "I shortened my swing and started hitting line drives. I've been swinging the bat well. My goal is to build off that and the homers will come." With Green playing right field, expect Lastings Milledge's time to be cut.

  • C Ramon Castro, currently on the disabled list with a sore left ribcage muscle, tore his medial meniscus Monday night and underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon. Manager Willie Randolph did not discount the possibility of Castro returning this season. In the interim, he said the Mets are satisfied with Mike DiFelice as Paul Lo Duca's backup.

  • RHP Pedro Martinez, on the disabled list with a strained right calf, will attempt to shed his supportive boot Thursday to play catch. Martinez said he anticipates wearing the boot into next week. "I think they want to keep me in that boot," he said. "Maybe another week." Martinez said the calf is still a little tender, an admission that won't get the boot off anytime soon. With their large lead in the NL East, the Mets will be as cautious as possible with Martinez. RHP Brian Bannister is expected to be activated to pitch Saturday, and with him back in the rotation, there's no reason to rush Martinez.

  • INF Julio Franco celebrated his 48th birthday Wednesday and was presented a cake prior to the game by GM Omar Minaya. "Getting older doesn't make any difference," Franco said. "It is how you feel."

  • LF Cliff Floyd, on the disabled list with a sore Achilles tendon, is working out at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. GM Omar Minaya said he expects Floyd to return this season and make an impact, but there is no timetable for his return. Floyd is in the final year of his contract, and with the addition of RF Shawn Green and the development of OF Lastings Milledge, it is doubtful he will be brought back next season.

  • 2B Jose Valentin remains day-to-day with a sore right hamstring, but he is hopeful of playing Thursday. Valentin said if St. Louis started a right-handed pitcher Wednesday night, he might have played, but he opted to rest another day instead of facing LHP Mark Mulder. Chris Woodward started in his place and drove in three runs with a first-inning double.

  • SS Jose Reyes broke out of a 1-for-17 slide with three hits and a walk in Monday's 10-8 victory over St. Louis. Prior to the game, manager Willie Randolph said Reyes was chasing pitches out of the strike zone but that he wasn't concerned. Among the hits was his 15th homer. Reyes also scored twice to give him 100 runs for the season. Despite his show of power, Reyes insisted that's not his game. "I'm not a home run hitter," he said. "I swing hard and they happen."

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