Smoltz Out Until After All-Star Break

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves say results of an examination
on John Smoltz's sore right shoulder may not be known until Monday.

Smoltz left the team in Los Angeles to return to Atlanta for a meeting Friday with Braves doctors about 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. Thursday, Houston Astros
pitcher Roy Oswalt (7-5, 3.52 ERA) was named to replace Smoltz on
the National League All-Star team.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said the team won't hear anything until at least this evening and probably not until Monday. Manager Bobby Cox said he doesn't plan to put Smoltz on the disabled list.

The 40-year-old Smoltz has lost three of five starts since tweaking his shoulder May 29th. He will use the All-Star break to get treatment and rest. He said he plans to return to the rotation on July 17th -- giving him 12 days between starts.

Smoltz is 9-and-5 with a 3.07 ERA. He took the loss when the Dogers won 8-to-2 Monday night. He gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out six.

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