Smoltz to be mum on shoulder
Righty won't give any more update until rehab assignment
ATLANTA -- Over the course of the past week, John Smoltz has provided numerous updates about his shoulder. The next one will come if the Braves right-hander reaches the point where he feels he's ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.
That was Smoltz's message after completing a bullpen session at Turner Field on Tuesday morning. This reaction is a result of the fact he believes multiple media outlets didn't accurately convey the message he was attempting to convey during Sunday's update.
"Today ends the reports about my shoulder," Smoltz said. "When I'm back to throwing in [rehab] games is when there will be another report. It isn't benefiting me to give daily reports."
While Smoltz wasn't conveying Tuesday's results to the media, he did give some indication that his shoulder reacted better than it had this past weekend.
As he made his way toward his locker, Smoltz smiled, pointed toward Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson and said, "I would have gotten you out Kelly."
When Smoltz went on the disabled list with an inflamed right rotator cuff and inflamed right biceps tendon on April 28, he indicated that he'd take as much time as needed before beginning to throw again. Since that time, his intention has been to return as a reliever.
Last week, when his patience expired, Smoltz began throwing on flat ground. At the same time, he was stressing that he wouldn't truly know anything about his shoulder until he began extending his shoulder, while throwing off a mound and attempting to locate his pitches.
After throwing a controlled mound session on Thursday and a slightly more intense one on Saturday, Smoltz felt discomfort between his right shoulder and neck. This was the region that provided him discomfort during each of his five starts.
While talking to reporters on Sunday, Smoltz indicated that he wasn't sure when he'd be able to return. His hope had been to come back as a reliever by the end of this month.
In Monday's edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smoltz was quoted as saying, "It could be anywhere between the [late May] timetable I discussed and a lot longer."
While Smoltz never said he was misquoted, he did say he was upset that some major media outlets ran the quote while indicating that he could be for an extended period of time.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.