ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher John Smoltz on
the 15-day disabled list on today after an M-R-I found inflammation
-- but apparently no structural damage -- in his right shoulder.
The Braves said the M-R-I also showed a ``good'' rotator cuff,
and as a result Smoltz will not travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to
meet with Doctor James Andrews, as had been tentatively planned.
The 40-year-old Smoltz was placed on the disabled list
retroactive to July third. He will be eligible to come off the D-L
on July 18th.
Smoltz, who has experienced persistent discomfort in the
shoulder, left the team in Los Angeles on Wednesday to return to
Atlanta for today's examination with team doctors.
Smoltz will miss Tuesday's All-Star game in San Francisco as
well as tomorrow's scheduled start at San Diego.
Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt was named yesterday to replace
Smoltz on the N-L All-Star team.
Smoltz (9-5, 3.07 ERA) got the decision in an 8-to-2 loss to the
Dodgers on Monday night after giving up three runs and seven hits
over six innings and striking out six.
Smoltz has lost three of five starts since tweaking his shoulder
on May 29th.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said this week he hoped to avoid
putting Smoltz on the disabled list.
Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, who was a combined 10-and-1 with a
three-point-08 E-R-A in 17 starts with Double-A Mississippi and
Triple-A Richmond, has been announced as tomorrow's starter.
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