At the tender age of 41, John Smoltz will undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right shoulder, with little hope of returning to the mound in 2009.
"Sooner or later, our bodies are going to shut down," said 42-year-old teammate Tom Glavine. "But if there’s any way that John can put that off, he’s going to do it."And Smoltz doesn't want to be done yet.
The Atlanta Braves veteran began his season on the DL, then pitched lights out in his first four starts. He lasted just four innings against the New York Mets on April 27th -- allowing seven hits and four runs -- in what might be the final start of his career.
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