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Smoltz to Bullpen Upon Return

In a text message sent to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, injured Atlanta pitcher andSmoltz to return as reliever future Hall of Famer John Smoltz made one singular point clear- when he returns to a baseball diamond it won’t be as a starter said Smoltz’s text message:

“I am planning on coming back as a reliever first, and more than likely for the rest of this year.”

Smoltz is of course eminently qualified to pitch where ever the heck he wants, as the 40-year-old is the only player in the history of baseball to log at least 200 wins and 150 saves.  The move, that is if Manager Bobby Cox signs off on it, would serve the duel roles of lightening the load on Smoltz’s injured shoulder and solidifying Atlanta’s shaky bullpen.

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