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Smoltz to Miss Next Start, All-Star Game

Ailing Braves pitcher John Smoltz will be replaced on the National League all-star team by Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt.
Ailing Braves pitcher John Smoltz will be replaced on the National League all-star team by Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt. (By Francis Specker -- Associated Press)

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Friday, July 6, 2007

The Braves say the results of an examination on RHP John Smoltz's sore right shoulder may not be known until Monday.

Smoltz, 40, left the team in Los Angeles on Wednesday to return to Atlanta for a meeting this morning with team doctors about persistent discomfort in the shoulder.

He will miss Tuesday's All-Star Game in San Francisco as well as Saturday's scheduled start at San Diego. Yesterday, Astros RHP Roy Oswalt (7-5, 3.52 ERA) was named to replace Smoltz on the NL team; it will be Oswalt's third all-star appearance.

Braves Manager Bobby Cox said he doesn't plan to put Smoltz on the disabled list.

· APPEAL DROPPED: Padres RHP Chris Young dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl at Chicago on June 16, and began serving the penalty yesterday.

That means that Young, who last night won the online vote for the final NL all-star roster spot, will appear in the while under suspension. Young will sit out the four games before the break and the first game after it.

· NO DERBY: Barry Bonds will sit out of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, opting to rest his tired body before Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

"Nope," Bonds said when asked about the Derby. "Especially when you're 42. It's not that you don't want to, it's that you just can't anymore. You can't. It's too long. Too much waiting. Too much sitting around. You can't do that."

· HALL OUT: Brewers CF Bill Hall left yesterday's game in Pittsburgh with a badly sprained right ankle that he suffered while leaping to try to catch Ryan Doumit's home run. He is out indefinitely.

-- From News Services


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