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AJC Left-hander Macay McBride still has forearm soreness that's beginning to cast doubt on his status for the opening day bullpen. He has thrown only three innings in two games, none since March 6. Initially, the Braves thought he would miss a few days. If they disable him, the move could be backdated to permit McBride to join the team April 7 ó but only if he doesn't pitch in a Grapefruit League game the last nine days of spring training. He could pitch in minor league or simulated games and still have the DL designation backdated. With John Foster (elbow) out at least four weeks and possibly all season, the only healthy left-hander is 40-year-old Mike Remlinger, who has a 9.45 ERA after allowing one hit and one run in the sixth inning Monday. The Braves are scouring the market for possible relievers, right-handed and left-handed. Other teams have similar needs, and there's very few quality relievers available, particularly lefties. Great. The good news is that the article says that Smoltz's new pitching style is helping his arm feel good. He's getting good results too (obviously) and I'm sure that he can reach back for some extra if he needs to in pressure situations.

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