GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) _ Atlanta Braves right-hander John Smoltz threw four shutout innings Saturday night in a rehab start for Double-A Greenville.

The 1996 Cy Young Award winner limited the Tennessee Smokies to two first-inning singles, and then retired the last 10 batters he faced. Smoltz struck out one batter and walked none.

He said he didn't feel any pain.

``There were a couple of balls that I threw that would have done some serious damage up there (in the majors), but still, getting results was nice,'' Smoltz said. ``There were a lot of ground balls. That meant the ball was moving good.''

Working under a 45-pitch limit, Smoltz threw 26 strikes and 15 balls before tipping his cap as he exited to a standing ovation after the top of the fourth.

The 33-year-old Smoltz missed all of last season after tearing a right elbow ligament in spring training and having surgery.

Smoltz started Saturday's game by striking out Tennessee right fielder Tony Peters, the first batter he had faced since Game 4 of the 1999 World Series.

Reed Johnson and Josh Phelps followed with consecutive singles, but Smoltz got Orlando Hudson to ground to second base to start an inning-ending double play. Smoltz retired the side in order in the second, the third and the fourth.

His fastball reached 95 mph.

``I'm excited,'' Smoltz said. ``I feel like I'm on my way. I couldn't say that a week ago.''

His next rehabilitation outing is scheduled for Thursday with the Braves' Class-A Macon affiliate.

He hopes to start for Atlanta on May 15, his 34th birthday.