Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Schmidt to Go Under Knife; Billingsley to Go Under Microscope

From AP/ESPN.com:

TORONTO -- Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt will have shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday and his return date is uncertain.

"It's very discouraging," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said before Tuesday's game in Toronto.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley (4-0) will start in Schmidt's place against Toronto on Thursday.

Schmidt, who signed a $47 million, three-year contract as a free agent during the offseason, was placed on the disabled list in April with bursitis in his shoulder after going 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA in three starts.

Following a 45-game absence, Schmidt returned June 5 and threw six shutout innings in San Diego, consistently reaching 89 mph and topping out at 91 mph.

But the 34-year-old right-hander didn't perform nearly as well in his last two starts, and his velocity was down. He allowed three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, walking four and striking out two. He is 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA.

Schmidt admitted after Saturday's game that he was still not at full strength.

"I just haven't felt like myself," he said.

Schmidt was placed on the disabled list and utilityman Marlon Anderson was activated from the disabled list to take his place on the roster.


From Diamond Leung:

Yhency Brazoban has a torn labrum and will undergo surgery to repair his shoulder Friday. He is out a minimum of 6-8 weeks, and that's only if it's found that the tear is a small one. He would be lost for the season if the labrum was completely detached.