ATLANTA (AP) John Smoltz knew the pain was too intense to keep pitching this season.
Now, the Atlanta Braves right-hander hopes to add one more comeback to his remarkable career.
Smoltz will undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right shoulder next week, but the 41-year-old is not ready to concede his next move is retirement.
"I've pulled off a lot of miracles," Smoltz said Wednesday at a hastily called news conference before the Braves' game against the Florida Marlins. "I probably shouldn't have played this long. I'm looking forward to seeing if I can extend it."
The only pitcher in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves, Smoltz already has returned from four operations on his elbow.