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Braves ace Smoltz headed to DL, but he won't need shoulder surgery

Updated: April 29, 2008, 10:12 PM ET
Associated Press

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-year-old pitcher went on the DL retroactive to Monday.

"It could have been worse. It could have been injured in there ...

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