Schmidt on DL again; Anderson Comes Off

Pitcher Jason Schmidt is back on the disabled list because of a undetermined problem with his right shoulder. Schmidt was hit hard by the Angels in his third start since missing 45 games because of bursitis in his shoulder, and admitted that something wasn't quite right. "I just haven't felt like myself," he said.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said utilityman Marlon Anderson, who underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery last month, will be activated and meet the team before the first game in the Toronto series Tuesday.

Reliever Chad Billingsley is expected to slide into Schmidt's spot in the starting rotation, meaning he will start Thursday night at Toronto. Billingsley has allowed just threeearned runs in 24.1 innings since April 29, striking out two batters an inning over that stretch.

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

He returned June 5 and was brilliant, working six shutout innings in San Diego, allowing only one hit and consistently reaching 89-91 on the speed gun.

However, the 34-year-old right-hander didn't perform nearly as well in his last two starts, and his velocity was back down in the mid-80s. He was roughed up by Toronto in his second start and was charged with his fourth loss in six starts and a 6.31 ERA after allowing three runs, four walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter Saturday against the Angels.

"We are evaluating," Manager Grady Little said Sunday. "He went through a spell where he tried to rehab the situation. We saw him getting better, but now we're back to the evaluating stages. When you're dealing with a situation like this, he'll be evaluated by a lot of people," Little said of the Dodgers' $47 million pitcher.

Anderson, a backup infielder and outfielder, hit .385 with seven home runs over the final 25 games of the 2006 season. He experienced lingering problems following offseason surgery, and he underwent surgery after an MRI exam May 7 revealed bone chips and scar tissue.

He was hitting .222 in 18 at-bats and during an 11-game rehab assignment at Las Vegas he was .214/1/11.