Inside Pitch: Glavine relieved by start

Tom Glavine hadn't pitched since Aug. 16.

Tom Glavine returned to the mound for the first time Friday night since Aug. 16, at Philadelphia, but his numbers weren't nearly as important as his ability to pitch.

Glavine gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings in the Mets' 8-7 victory Friday night over the Houston Astros.

"There was a little bit of relief to get out there," Glavine said of his 630th career start.

Glavine threw 93 pitches, an indication his command was off but also a positive sign regarding his health.

Glavine was shut down after his start at Philadelphia when he complained of coldness and numbness in his left middle finger.

An angiogram confirmed the problem was caused by scar tissue and not a blood clot, which would have required season-ending surgery.

"My goal was simple," Glavine said. "It was to pitch and feel good again."

REPLAY: Tom Glavine said his concern in returning to the mound for the first time in two weeks was that he would feel too strong, which would affect the location and sharpness of his pitches.

Glavine was not crisp in Friday night's 8-7 victory over the Houston Astros but answered stamina concerns by throwing 93 pitches in five innings.

After not having pitched since Aug. 16, Glavine said he expected to be monitored.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • RHP Pedro Martinez, on the disabled list with a strained right calf muscle, is still on schedule to throw off the mound Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Manager Willie Randolph said he hopes to have Martinez back by mid-September, and he could make three to four starts before the playoffs.

  • LF Cliff Floyd continues to rehab is sore left Achilles in Florida. On Friday for Port St. Lucie, he hit a pair of two-run homers and will be rejoining the Mets on Saturday, said manager Willie Randolph. Floyd figures to get a majority of the work in the near future because the Mets need to see what he has in preparation for the playoffs.

  • LHP Tom Glavine, pitching for the first time since Aug. 16 after experiencing numbness and coolness in his left middle finger, gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings Friday at Houston. However, the important thing was he pitched. "It was a little bit of a relief to get back out there," Glavine said.

  • 3B David Wright continued to show signs of breaking out of a month-long slump with a three-run double in Friday night's 8-7 victory over Houston. The three RBIs gave him a career-high 105. Wright has driven in 12 runs on eight hits in the first four games of the Mets' road trip.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Home runs needed by 1B Carlos Delgado, giving him 407 and tie him for 41st place on the all-time roster with Duke Snider.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "He knows he's good. He knew it was a matter of time." -- Mets manager Willie Randolph on 3B David Wright breaking a month homerless drought.

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