While the Braves and their fans anticipate tomorrow night's major-league debut of their hot pitching prospect, Tommy Hanson, they still are dealing with Tom Glavine's release.

"Sentimentally, it stunk," third baseman Chipper Jones said on MLB.com of Wednesday's release of Atlanta's 43-year-old icon. "Optimistically, looking into the future, it's a step in the right direction."

Glavine, who no doubt will be voted into the Hall of Fame because of his 305 wins, was ready to rejoin the Braves as he neared completion of his minor-league rehabilitation assignment after shoulder and elbow surgeries in September.

"They handled it, let me just say, in a very interesting way," said former Braves star John Smoltz, who with Glavine formed a terrific righty-lefty tandem in Atlanta. "One that leaves you scratching your head. It's unfortunate for Tommy."

On his ESPN.com blog, Buster Olney cited the respectful way 39-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. was treated in his return to the Mariners, and wrote that it "helps us understand why the Braves' handling of Tom Glavine on Wednesday was particularly awful, like butchery with a pen knife."

By getting rid of Glavine, the Braves avoided having to pay him a $1 million bonus he would have received had he spent one day on the roster.

Ailing Mets

Not that Phillies fans are shedding tears over the matter, but the injury-throttled Mets can't seem to get a break.

Shortstop Jose Reyes, who was expected to come off the disabled list today, suffered a setback with his ailing right knee and calf during a rehab assignment

"When he finally got in a game and tried to go full bore, he said there's still something there," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said in the New York Post. "So the doctors are going to take another look at it."

Reyes has missed the last 12 games. His replacement, Ramon Martinez, is out about six weeks after surgery on a dislocated left pinky.

And reliever J.J. Putz will be examined after experiencing "sharp pain" in his right elbow while pitching yesterday.


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