Atlanta Braves veteran John Smoltz will return home today to meet with team physicians concerning the discomfort in his pitching shoulder.
Unfortunately, this will force him to miss next Tuesday's Mid-Summer Classic along with Saturday's scheduled start against the San Diego Padres.
The 40-year-old right-hander, who has lost three of five starts since injuring his shoulder on May 29th, will use the All-Star break to his advantage, allowing for 12 days of rest between starts. He is expected to pitch again on July 17th at home against the Cincinnati Reds.
Smoltz (9-5, 3.07 ERA) is an eight-time All Star.
[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] |