At­lanta’s Smoltz goes on DL with shoul­der is­sue

The Covington News - - Sports -

WASH­ING­TON — At­lanta pitcher John Smoltz went on the 15- day dis­abled list Tues­day with an ail­ing right shoul­der, though the Braves were told he can get over the prob­lem with­out surgery.

Smoltz was ex­am­ined in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., by Dr. James An­drews, who di­ag­nosed a se­verely in­flamed bi­ceps ten­don and in­flam­ma­tion of the ro­ta­tor cuff in the right shoul­der. The 40- yearold pitcher went on the DL retroac­tive to Mon­day.

An­drews in­jected Smoltz’s shoul­der for the in­flam­ma­tion and pre­scribed rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion un­til he is pain free, the team said. The Braves aren’t sure when Smoltz will re­turn.

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