Tuesday, August 22, 2006

What a Relief

An angiogram performed Monday on Tom Glavine's left shoulder revealed that an old injury to his artery was causing the coolness Glavine was feeling in his left ring finger.
The scar tissue occasionally causes blood clots to form in his finger and Glavine will be treated with baby aspirin and other medication to improve his circulation.
There is no immediate need for surgery and he most likely will be able to return to the mound in seven to 10 days.
"I was relieved to hear the news," Glavine said. "First and foremost to hear that the condition is not serious, but also to hear that I can get back to doing what I love to do relatively quickly."
Glavine will rest for the next few days to allow the incision from the angiogram to heal. The Mets said they have not decided who would make Glavine's next start, but the left-hander will be allowed to begin light activity and start throwing soon.
"The news from our doctors is as good as we could have hoped for," said Mets' general manager Omar Minaya. "We look forward to having Tom return to full activity and get back on the mound as soon as possible."
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."


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