Atlanta Braves veteran John Smoltz was placed on the 15-day disabled list again on Tuesday -- retroactive to Monday -- since continuing to feel discomfort in his pitching shoulder.
The 40-year-old righty, who began the season on the DL with tightness in the same shoulder, was diagnosed with a severely inflamed biceps tendon and inflammation of the rotator cuff, but will not need surgery.
Smoltz, whose shoulder has been a concern over the last two seasons, left his start against the New York Mets on Sunday after giving up four runs on seven hits over just four innings of the Braves' 6-3 loss.
He went 3-1 with an 0.78 ERA in his first four starts, recently becoming the 16th pitcher in the history of the game to reach 3,000 strikeouts.
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