Glavine feels progress being made

Glavine feels progress being made

JUPITER, Fla. -- Braves veteran left-hander Tom Glavine said his arm was "coming around" after Sunday's five-inning outing in his club's 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

"I feel a little better physically, and a bit stronger," said Glavine, who earned his first win of the spring. "Today, the inside part of the plate to righties was better. The fastball-changeup combination was better today."

Glavine allowed two runs on six hits over five innings, with three strikeouts and one walk. He got out of trouble in the first and third innings, forcing the Cardinals to strand four runners and limiting them to one run.

"Your goal in those situations is to minimize the damage," Glavine said. "Once Albert [Pujols] moved the guy over with an out and scored a run, you're just trying to stay out of a big inning [in the third]."

Glavine got out of the third by inducing Rick Ankiel to hit into a double play.

Manager Bobby Cox said Glavine was "right on" and loved that he "had a ton of ground balls."

Glavine allowed the second run in the fourth. Adam Kennedy doubled and Cesar Izturis hit an RBI triple. What's more encouraging for Braves fans is the fact that Glavine pitched a 1-2-3 fifth frame.

"I feel like I've progressed every time out there," Glavine said. "In terms of the volume of pitches and the velocity, I feel like that's all getting better. You obviously want to minimize the number of pitches that you throw that you're not happy with. I feel like each game the percentages of those have gone down."

Glavine said he also made "a couple of stupid pitches".

"That's about worrying a little less about mechanics and more about making the right pitch in the right situation," he said.

Glavine came into Sunday's contest with a 3.12 ERA in 8 2/3 innings and left with a 3.29 ERA.

Faran Fagen is a contributor for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.