John Smoltz returned to the Atlanta Braves as a reliever, hoping the role he had from 2001-04 will help him cope with an aching right shoulder and extend his career. The 41-year-old Smoltz was activated Monday before the start of a four-game series against the Florida Marlins. The Braves shipped right-hander Phil Stockman to Triple-A Richmond to make room on the roster.



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