Tom may have a blood clot
Lefty's season is in jeopardy
BY ADAM RUBIN
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Tom Glavine doesn't know what's wrong, but will get CT scan tomorrow.
Tom Glavine's health and his season are in jeopardy, a potentially crushing blow to the pitcher as well as to the Mets' World Series ambitions, the Daily News has learned. Sources said the southpaw has experienced coldness in a finger on his pitching hand, and that the cause of the alarming condition isn't yet known.
The 287-game winner is scheduled for a CT scan tomorrow, while an angiogram is planned for Wednesday.
Doctors are unsure whether the problem is related to a blood clot or possibly a "knot" in an artery near his left shoulder. Depending on the diagnosis, Glavine could miss little time or the rest of the season. The "knot" could require invasive surgery, while a clot might be able to be dissolved and limit the time lost.
Reached last night, agent Gregg Clifton said he could confirm that "diagnostic tests" are planned for this week, but he declined to elaborate. Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said he was unable to provide any details and would not even acknowledge a medical issue. A teammate aware of the situation was similarly tight-lipped when asked if he could speak about how Glavine is doing, saying: "I would get in a lot of trouble for that."
Doctors apparently have ruled out an aneurysm. Last year, Mets reliever Felix Heredia experienced coldness and numbness in his pitching hand during April and ultimately was diagnosed with an aneurysm in the shoulder, which ended his Mets career.
Trainers conspicuously huddled multiple times with Willie Randolph yesterday, and Glavine hasn't been present in the clubhouse the past two days at Shea.
The Mets generally list the following series' pitching matchups on their game notes, but the entire series against the Cardinals that opens Tuesday is omitted.
Any injury that restricts Glavine's ability to compete in October could be a jarring blow to the Mets, who already have Pedro Martinez on the disabled list for the second time this season, this time with a strained right calf.
The Mets pressed Dave Williams into duty in Martinez's place in last night's 7-4 victory over the Rockies. Williams pitched a solid game until leaving with what he labeled calf cramps with two out in the sixth inning.
Minus Martinez and Glavine, the Mets would be left with a rotation headed by Steve Trachsel, Orlando Hernandez and John Maine. Brian Bannister and Oliver Perez are available at Triple-A Norfolk, while 2005 first-round pick Mike Pelfrey is nursing a strained lat (back) muscle. Perez combined with Tim LaVigne and Heath Bell for a one-hit shutout last night against Charlotte. The ex-Pirate Perez faced the minimum through five innings and struck out 11 over seven innings.
Glavine (12-6, 3.92 ERA) is tied with Steve Trachsel for the team lead with 12 wins. He last pitched Wednesday in Philadelphia, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings in the Mets' 3-0 loss. The condition apparently surfaced after that outing.
Glavine is one win shy of matching Tommy John for 23rd on the all-time list, and 13 shy of the 300-win plateau.