February 3, 2003
(Atlanta-AP) -- John Smoltz is ready to embrace his new role as elder statesman since Tom Glavine's departure.
After missing last year's minicamp with an injured thumb, he was the first one on the mound at Turner Field at "Camp Leo", named after pitching coach Leo Mazzone. Smoltz threw about 25 pitches.
Glavine isn't the only player gone from last year's rotation.
Kevin Millwood, an 18-game winner, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December for catcher Johnny Estrada, leaving Greg Maddux and Jason Marquis as the only holdovers.
Starter Damian Moss was dealt to San Francisco along with a minor leaguer for Russ Ortiz, who'll join Hampton and free agent Paul Byrd in the rotation.
Ortiz did not attend the voluntary workout.
Byrd spent parts of two seasons with Atlanta earlier in his career.
Last year with Kansas City, he was 17-11 with a3.90 earned run average.
Byrd says his number one goal is to show Mazzone he's improved.
Mazzone was impressed, saying "The Byrd Man does a lot of unorthodox things, and I think that's what's made him real good."
Braves pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on February 14th and the first full-squad workout is five days later in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.