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Atlanta's John Smoltz waits at least 1 day to test shoulder

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - John Smoltz decided not to test his sore right shoulder today. He chose to postpone a throwing session that could determine whether he opens the season on the disabled list.

Smoltz remained at the team's complex in Kissimmee while the Braves played the Cleveland Indians.

Smoltz missed his scheduled start Friday because of tightness in the back of the shoulder.

Smoltz and manager Bobby Cox say they don't believe the discomfort is a serious concern. Smoltz said Friday he would have pitched with the tightness in a regular-season game.

Cox said he has talked with Smoltz and other starters about the possibility the right-hander could open the season on the disabled list.

Tim Hudson will be the starting pitcher when the Braves open Sunday at Washington. The team plays only one game in Washington before returning to Atlanta.

Smoltz had been projected to start next Monday's home opener against Pittsburgh, but the Braves have an off day the following day and won't need a fifth starter until April 6th -- the last game of a three-game series against the New York Mets.

Smoltz could be activated for the April 6th game.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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