According to a report in the Daily Item of Lynn , Red Sox starter John Smoltz visited with Dr. James Andrews after his recent setback to make sure that his recovery from shoulder surgery was proceeding in a normal fashion. The pitcher said that he received peace of mind from the visit.
“I needed that part,” Smoltz told the Daily Item of the reassurance offered by Andrews. "Maybe there for a little bit it was my body’s way of saying slow down a little bit. It almost was supposed to happen earlier, based on protocol. It just happened a little later.”