LOS ANGELES -- For as much as Mike Remlinger likes to work regularly, he looks back at April and hopes Bobby Cox calls the bullpen less often this month.
Remlinger appeared in 15 of the Braves' 24 games in April, one shy of Turk Wendell's NL-leading total, posting an 0-1 record, 1.65 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .145 batting average.
That's a pace that will give him 90 appearances this season, too many by his count.
"I'm ready for things to start getting spread out," he said. "By the time we get home I think we can go back to the way it was last year."
The way it was last season was four relievers (Remlinger, Kevin McGlinchy, John Rocker and Rudy Seanez) making 50-plus appearances, and another (Russ Springer) working 49 times. With several relievers returning from injuries or surgery, Cox has been forced to turn to Remlinger twice as often as any other reliever.
"At some point in there you need a couple of days off to get everything strong again," Remlinger said. "If I went two straight months doing what I just did, come the end of the year I'm going to be a little bit short."
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Tom Glavine won't win Pitcher of the Month honors (that honor will go to Arizona's Randy Johnson), so he'll have to take some solace in being named the Pitcher of the Week for his 2-0 record and 0.53 ERA in a pair of starts.
"Timing is everything in life, so I've heard," said Glavine, who was bidding for his fifth Pitcher of the Month award. "This is definitely the best April I've had since 1991."
Glavine, who is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, still hasn't matched his best-ever start. He got off to a 7-0 start in 1993 and finished with a 22-6 record.
Greg McMichael got only one out in the ninth inning against the Padres on Sunday and was charged with two hits and three runs. His explanation was simple enough: He felt too good.
"I feel strong, which I haven't been for a year," he said. "Feeling good is a hard adjustment to make for a feel-and-touch pitcher. When you feel too good, you try to make the ball do more than you're capable of doing, instead of less."
The solution is equally simple, McMichael says. He needs to work more and feel less strong.
"I've always been the one who was called and in the last year I've fallen from that position because of injuries," he said. "I see good results on the side. Now it's just a matter of making the transition to the game."
Reggie Sanders remained out of the lineup Monday with a sprained left ankle. He's hopeful of returning Wednesday, but with a day off Thursday, it's more likely Cox will wait until Friday to write his name again.
"I feel improvement," Sanders said. "I felt some pain, but it's subsiding some."
Kevin McGlinchy struck out the side at Birmingham in his first rehab appearance with Class AA Greenville Sunday. He's scheduled to pitch again today, then the Braves will make a roster decision. Either McGlinchy will be activated or he'll continue pitching for Greenville or Class AAA Richmond. If he returns, then Kerry Ligtenberg might go down to work on his mechanics and pitches.
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