Clarification

Smoltz says team needs some help

What he actually said was that they weren’t good enough to win the division right now. He didn’t say they had to make a move right away. What he said was, “We have to get healthy, and we have to play better baseball.” Then maybe, if they stick around, you make a trade or two. “Help” is on the way in the persons of Ramirez (hopefully next week), LaRoche (maybe even tomorrow), and Giles (two weeks or so).

LaRoche, it seems, will definitely be on the Atlanta roster when healthy. Bobby indicates that he won’t return to full platoon duty but will be used to rest Julio. I’d guess he’d start about half the time against righthanders.

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