Schmidt awaits spring

first_imgLowe ready Pitcher Derek Lowe participated in pregame stretching while wearing a bright red jersey, something reliever Jonathan Broxton had prepared for him as a joke. Quarterbacks often wear red jerseys in practice to avoid being hit. Lowe had been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday night after a throw from Broxton hit Lowe between the thumb and index finger of his pitching hand while the two were playing catch, leaving a severe bruise. But Lowe was able to throw Thursday and thus will be able to start Saturday against Arizona. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt, meeting with reporters for the first time since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on June 20, said Thursday that he still believes he will be ready for the start of spring training and that he can be as good a pitcher as he ever was and perhaps even better. “It’s a tricky question, because what was I before?” Schmidt said. “I’m striving to be better than that. That is my goal.” The Dodgers signed Schmidt, a 12-year veteran with a proven track record, to a three-year, $47 million contract last winter, snatching him when the free-agent market was thin on pitching. But from the start of spring training, it was clear Schmidt’s velocity had dropped off, and the result was that he went 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA in six starts around a seven-week stint on the DL. When it was clear he wasn’t getting any better, he underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery, during which doctors repaired bursa scarring, biceps tendon fraying and a labral tear, knocking him out for the rest of the season. “To wake up and realize what it was, that was definitely a shock,” Schmidt said. “I was disappointed. But at the same time, for anyone who has ever had surgery, it’s kind of a relief to know that whatever issues you had are now fixed and you can move forward. … “I’m feeling really good. Obviously, you want to be throwing, but there is a whole time frame that we need to follow for the healing process.” Schmidt met with doctors on Thursday and will do so again in about six weeks, at which time he could be put on a throwing program. last_img read more