03-08-00, 04:10 PM
This does indeed hurt them.
They also have Galarraga and Lopez returning.
All in all as it stands now I think they are still the favorite to return to New York in October for another thrashing at the hands of the YANKEES
If you don't like the YANKEES go to another sight.
03-08-00, 11:58 PM
Smoltz to undergo surgery on elbow
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Posted: Wednesday March 08, 2000 12:37 PM
John Smoltz was 11-8 last season with a 3.19 ERA and 156 strikeouts.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- John Smoltz will have surgery on his right elbow, and the Atlanta Braves right-hander is expected to miss the entire season.
The Braves said Wednesday that Smoltz tore the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and will have surgery on March 23.
Smoltz had pain in the elbow in his only spring outing, when he allowed three runs and five hits in 1 2-3 innings Sunday.
He was on the disabled list twice last season with a strained right elbow. He finished 11-8 with a 3.19 ERA in 29 starts.
Smoltz is one of Atlanta's big three starters, a group that includes Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Combined the trio has won seven Cy Young Awards: Smoltz (1996), Glavine (1991 and 1998) and Maddux (1992-95).
Smoltz, who will be 33 in May, has gone on the disabled list four times in the past two seasons because of his tender right elbow, but still has managed 28 victories in his last 55 starts.
Smoltz switched to a three-quarters pitching motion to relieve the pain and even experimented with a knuckleball last season. But he decided to resume his normal motion this spring, no matter how much it hurt.
On Sunday against Tampa Bay, he threw at least 20 knuckleballs and the hits he gave up, all singles, were off fastballs.
Prior to the 1998 season, Smoltz had arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone chips. He opened the season on the disabled list, but wound up with a 17-3 record and 2.90 ERA in 26 starts.
He also had arthroscopic elbow surgery in September 1994 to remove a bone spur and chips, and was only 6-10 with a 4.14 ERA in 21 starts.
Smoltz, who is 146-105 in a career that began late in 1988 with the Braves, had his best season in 1996, when the won the NL Cy Young Award with a 24-8 record and 2.94 ERA.
He has been Atlanta's most effective postseason pitcher, going 12-3.
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03-10-00, 03:44 PM
ooops, I thought I had the rocker voo-doo doll out, oh oh..wheres the pedro doll? sorry john..
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