Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Schmidt Sighted in Cincinnati

MLB.com reports that Jason Schmidt is throwing again, which I suppose is a good sign. I'll believe it when I see it on the mound, though...

CINCINNATI -- Jason Schmidt won't be pitching Tuesday night, or anytime soon, but there was a glimmer of hope four hours before Monday night's Dodgers-Reds game.

Schmidt threw 48 pitches in a bullpen session that was important enough for manager Joe Torre to witness.

"His curveball was good last time, and it stunk today, but his slider was good," said Torre. "He's getting impatient. He's at the point where he feels competitive."

It's been 10 months since Schmidt's shoulder surgery and, after a Spring Training setback, he's back to throwing regularly off a mound. Schmidt said the stiffness that he had been experiencing when beginning to warm up has suddenly diminished.

He's getting impatient? What about us Dodger fans?

Seriously, though, although it could be the most expensive solitary win that the Dodgers ever signed, rushing Jason Schmidt back at this point is NOT the malady for the Dodgers. We have plenty of decent pitching, as well as Chan Ho Park. What we need now is a consistent bat or two. Take your time, Jason, and get your comeback right.