Braves: Smoltz still wants to be a starter
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Following Tuesday’s elbow surgery in which scar tissue was repaired, Braves closer John Smoltz said that he’s done going under the knife, and reiterated his desire to return to starting. "This will be the final one for me, I can guarantee you that," Smoltz told the Associated Press referring to his operation. “If I have to have another surgery, it's time to do something else." As for his role with the team, Smoltz said: “I just don't see us winning a championship with me in the closing role, but other people do…No doubt it's tougher on my elbow to do what I was doing as a closer, at the rate I was doing it. I think starting is a lot easier on my elbow.” Does he think that he’ll get his chance next spring to return to starting? "Who knows? The door to starting might open."
Smoltz has been spectacular as a closer, but has never hidden his desire to return to starting. The one thing that&! #146;s different this time is that Greg Maddux is a free agent and probably won’t return in 2004, so the Braves might be open to making the switch with Smoltz and finding someone else to close.
Updated on Thursday, Oct 9, 2003 2:33 pm EDT