Yes my fellow bleacher creatures. The same Jason Schmidt who has made three All-Star teams and was the runner up for the Cy Young Award in 2003. The same Jason Schmidt who left the Giants after the 2006 season to sign a $47 million deal with the Dodgers.
Where has he been?
Schmidt had shoulder surgery in 2007 and hasn't pitched since. After pitching a mere 25 2/3 innings, Schmidt had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and a frayed biceps tendon in his right shoulder that June.
Let me put it this way. The Dodgers have used 18 starting pitchers since the last time Jason Schmidt pitched 25 months ago. How soon you forget about once dominant pitchers.
Schmidt has made eight rehab appearances with stops in Class A and Triple-A. He compiled a record of 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA.
Joe Torre told the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday that they will have to see what he still has. He knows Schmidt won't be the same velocity-wise but he believes Schmidt is a smart guy and seems to know how to pitch well within his ability.
Schmidt has had a solid career so far. He has compiled a career record of 128-94 with a 3.94 ERA in 13 years of Major League service.