His loss was a huge blow to an Atlanta team already dealing with a rash of injuries to its pitching staff. The Braves went into Wednesday's game 3 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.Smoltz, a former Richmond Brave (1987-88) and Cy Young Award winner (1996), has a career record of 210 wins and 147 losses. He has recorded 3,011 strikeouts in what were 3,395 innings pitched. Although he has been a starting pitcher for most of his career, as a reliever, Smoltz also has earned 154 saves.
"Not having him at all for the rest of the season is devastating, flat out devastating," third baseman Chipper Jones said. "Going into this season, I said there's one guy on this club we cannot do without. That's John Smoltz."
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