If John really has surgery… Well, it might be. If he doesn’t and is really in pain, it pretty much has to be. Recovery time varies between different surgeries, but any time they go into the shoulder it’s bad news. Smoltz is not under contract for next year (his option would have vested at 200 innings).
There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the Braves to make a move now. I’d be very reluctant to give up too much, especially since the rotation really hasn’t been a concern so far. At the same time, nobody’s really a good bet to go more than six innings and depth is a concern.
UPDATE: Well, I guess this is the game thread today. Here’s a video.