Smoltz Exits Early

John Smoltz injured his pinkie and pitching shoulder last night.
Atlanta Braves right-hander John Smoltz was removed as a precautionary measure in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers last night after feeling a tweak in his pitching shoulder while warming up for the inning and re-injuring his pinkie finger.

Smoltz (7-1, 2.82 ERA) dislocated the finger on May 14th while making a tag on Washington's Austin Kearns.

After winning five of his previous six starts by pitching at least seven innings in each, Smoltz easily ran out a chopper that bounced off first baseman Prince Fielder's glove for a single. He broke his bat on the play and shook his hand, looking down at his fingers afterward.

The veteran threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes, but gave up eight hits and three runs. He was replaced by Oscar Villarreal and is considered day-to-day, as he will probably be just fine.

[USA Today] | []