April 29, 2009

Mild Setback For Smoltz

Nick Cafardo, Globe:
John Smoltz has been shut down for what looks like a "10-14" day period according to a team source.

The veteran righthander was backed off from throwing late last week and then was scheduled to throw batting practice on Thursday, but that was scratched. Smoltz ... [will] take some time off to rest his right shoulder which has been experiencing some discomfort.
If this is not considered serious, then Smoltz's debut date is now roughly two weeks later, or mid-June.

With Justin Masterson doing well in the rotation, Clay Buchholz available to replace Brad Penny, Daisuke Matsuzaka possibly heading to a rehab assignment next week, Boston -- winners of 12 of its last 13 games -- should be able to deal with this minor setback.

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