Smoltz hopes to miss only 1 start

Updated: September 13, 2009, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals right-hander John Smoltz is being held out of his scheduled start Monday against the Florida Marlins because of shoulder tendinitis.

Smoltz
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Smoltz, 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts with St. Louis after being released by the Boston Red Sox, said Saturday he expects to miss only one start. His next scheduled outing is Sept. 20 against the Chicago Cubs. While Smoltz will not throw again until then, he indicated he could pitch now if this was the postseason.

"As I've said many times before, if it was the playoffs starting, I'm sure I could have cranked it up," Smoltz said. "Like any tendinitis, once you get heated, you're fine."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says Todd Wellemeyer (7-9) will start Monday for the first time since July 26.


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