Smoltz Back As A Reliever

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Monday June 2, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- John Smoltz returned to the Atlanta Braves as a
reliever on Monday, hoping the role he had from 2001-04 will help
him cope with an aching right shoulder and extend his career.

The 41-year-old Smoltz was activated before the start of a
four-game series against the Florida Marlins. The Braves shipped
right-hander Phil Stockman to Triple-A Richmond to make room on the
roster for Smoltz.

Smoltz had 154 saves with the Braves during his previous stint
as a closer. He's been a starter through most of his career and is
the only pitcher in baseball history with at least 200 wins and 150

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