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Braves' Neagle to Rest Shoulder

September 18, 1997|Associated Press

Denny Neagle, one of the top contenders for the NL Cy Young Award, will miss his scheduled start for the Atlanta Braves today because of lingering soreness in his non-pitching shoulder.

An MRI exam Monday discovered a small tear in Neagle's right rotator cuff, making it difficult for him to do a full windup or lift his glove on fielding plays.

Reliever Paul Byrd is expected to start in Neagle's place.

Neagle is 20-3 with a 2.67 earned-run average.

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The Braves set a major league record with their 12th grand slam of the season. Ryan Klesko hit the bases-loaded homer in the first inning off New York Met pitcher Bobby Jones. The Braves broke the record set a year ago by Seattle and Baltimore.

Before the game, the Braves honored Phil Niekro for his recent induction into the Hall of Fame.

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