MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Both Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and John Smoltz
say the veteran right-hander is likely to make his next start
despite leaving the game against the Brewers in the fourth inning.
The team says Smoltz was removed as a precaution after feeling a
tweak in his pitching shoulder while warming up for the inning. He
was replaced by Oscar Villarreal.
Smoltz shook his right hand after he broke his bat with a hit in
the fourth and was looking at his fingers. Smoltz dislocated his
right pinky May 14th while making a tag against Washington.
It was Smoltz's shortest outing since June 23rd of last season.
He was replaced by Oscar Villarreal.
Smoltz hadn't been as sharp before exiting, but was still
effective. He threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes, but gave up
eight hits and three runs while striking out five.
Third baseman Chipper Jones did not play for the sixth straight
game with a sore right hand. Cox said he plans to hold Jones out
until Friday, when Atlanta starts a three-game set with the Cubs.
If Jones still can't play then, he may be placed retroactively on
the disabled list.