Smoltz Hoping He's Ahead Of Schedule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday Sept 9, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- John Smoltz says he thinks a checkup Wednesday
will show that his surgically repaired right shoulder is
progressing ahead of schedule.

The 41-year-old Smoltz also looks forward to showing Atlanta
Braves general manager Frank Wren that he's worth a new contract in
2009.

Smoltz left open the possibility that he would consider pitching
for another team next season after spending his entire major league
career with the Braves. But his first preference is to stay in
Atlanta.

The 1996 NL Cy Young Award winner will drive to Birmingham,
Ala., to meet with orthopedist James Andrews, who repaired a torn
labrum and injuries in his AC joint and biceps when Smoltz
underwent season-ending surgery June 10.

If Andrews gives him the go-ahead, Smoltz, who says he faces no
limits in his daily physical routines, will begin soft-tossing in
October.

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