Sounds like a horror movie. Let’s hope not. Look, Jason Schmidt did not wrestle Frank McCourt and Ned Colletti to the ground and make them ratify his contract under duress, and he has worked very hard to get back on the mound. It’s been over 2 years since he has pitched on the major league level and I am flat-out telling you that he may be overcome with emotion when he takes the mound tonight. If he can get past the first inning, then we can make a determination as to what he might do, and how useful he might be. It would be plain stupid for me to say “He’ll be awesome.” Just as stupid to say “He’ll be bad!” YOU DON’T KNOW! I DON’T KNOW! NOBODY KNOWS! AND, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT!
Jason Schmidt has underwent several surgeries and the grueling rehab. He has pitched in small minor league parks and simulated games. He has been frustrated, but he has battled.
He is in excellent physical condition – tall, lean and muscular. He works hard – even Ray Charles could see that. He has pitched 5 consecutive games of more than 5 innings. If he’s ever going to be ready, it’s now!
Jason will be back tonight agains Micah Owings, who is a better hitter than a pitcher. I’ll be rooting for Jason, even if he gets bombed. But, if he doesn’t, what a story this would be. Jason Schmidt could help save our season… two years later!
- Furcal, SS
- Martin, C (I like Martin here)
- Manny, LF
- Ethier, RF
- Blake, 3B
- Loney, 1B
- Kemp, CF
- Castro, 2B (O-Dog still out)
- Schmidt, P
Disputing media speculation that he’s out for the year, disabled reliever Ronald Belisario played catch for the second conecutive day and said his elbow was painfree. Belisario will increase the intensity of his throwing and won’t likely return until next month.
Clayton Kershaw is now fifth in Dodger history for strikeouts before the age of 22, and should settle in at No. 2 before the season ends
- 395 Fernando Valenzuela
- 275 Ralph Branca
- 266 Don Drysdale (22nd birthday on July 23, 1958)
- 209 Don Sutton
- 204 Clayton Kershaw
We have 26 on our roster. One has to go so Schmidt can pitch. Who will it be? The Dodger have not announced it as yet! You’ll know when I know. Maybe sooner! It’s probably DeWitt again. He must feel like a yo-yo! UPDATE: Elbert was sent down. That means that the Dodgers are not sure about DeWitt!
According to Ken Gurnick, Logan White and Vance Lovelace scouted Roy Halladay’s last start. Sounds like Ned is serious!