"It seems like a pretty simple solution for what turned out to be a whole elaborate bunch of tests," Glavine said. "The simplest solution is the best one we could have hoped for."
A person familiar with Glavine's situation said Mets doctors had told the pitcher his situation was in some ways akin to arthritis that has intermittent symptoms; that the malady is no worse, but that the symptoms are more noticeable. In Glavine's case, the only symptom was the coldness.
"I'm relieved," he said. "There's still a little bit of anxiety from going through what I went through the last few days, and the uncertainty of it. It's certainly a great feeling, knowing I can go out there and continue to pitch and get back on the field as soon as I can. From that standpoint, it's great. Hopefully, from here on out, there'll be no more problems."
He characterized Monday as "a stressful day, but in the end, it turned out pretty well."
The most difficult part, he said, was sitting still for six hours after the angiogram to allow the incision to begin to heal.
Mets physician David Altchek lifted Glavine's spirits when he shared his experiences in other similar cases.
"In the end, I went in prepared for the worst and hoping for the best," Glavine said. "Fortunately for me, the best-case scenario ended up being what it was.
"All in all, it's really a problem of having a blood clot. There's a little bit of damage from the years that causes, at times, a little bit of buildup in the artery. Every once in a while, you get what they call a 'freckling' effect where those things break off a bit and trickle down your arm. If something gets lodged and disrupts something, then I get the symptoms I had with the finger.
"My understanding is that this is something I've had for a long, long time, I've lived with and my body has adapted to," he continued. "I just have, for whatever reason, periodic instances where I get the symptoms I had the other day. ... Surgery is a long rehab and obviously not something I would want to go through as a player."