Schmidt Feels No Pain After 'B' Game

Jason Schmidt was the center of attention as the Dodgers and White Sox met in a 'B' game. Schmidt pitched the first inning, throwing 21 pitches of which only 10 of them crossed the strike zone. But the big thing was the fact he felt no pain after the inning.

Out of action for over a year and a half, Schmidt got a pair of outs, walked two and left the bases loaded when his prescribed pitch count was met.

Surrounded by the media after he left the game, Schmidt said, "It was not all that good, obviously. It's kind of been that way playing catch all spring. I'm having a hard time finding the command I'm looking for. It's just arm speed right now. I have to get to a point where I can find a comfortable position and the right arm slot to get my arm out a little bit quicker. That's not happening."

Schmidt's soreness after his first outing on Monday, only 11 pitches, outing on went away in a day or so.

"Everything I'm doing is still old mechanics from when I was throwing hard," he said. "When the ball isn't coming out like it used to, you have to find another way. I'm going to start digging through the film. I don't think it should be a huge adjustment. It's either going to work, or it's not."

Schmidt, who has recorded a 1-4 won-lost record after signing a $47 million, three-year contract, is battling only his mechanics, not constant pain,

"I can go home and sleep at night," he said.

Manager Joe Torre when you are thinking about mechanics, and sometimes you over-think. "The last thing you want to do, whether you're a pitcher or a hitter, is think about your mechanics when you're out there."

The Dodgers put a pretty good lineup on the field for the game. Rafael Furcal homered to lead it off.

 The Lineup:
Rafael Furcal, SS
Orlando Hudson, 2B
Blake DeWitt, 3B
Danny Ardoin, C
Andrew Lambo, RF
 Russell Mitchell 1B
Trayvon Robinson, CF
Kyle Russell, DH
Jason Schmidt, P
Coach Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza is the hitting coach for the Italian team in the World Baseball Classic and his team was in action Wednesday in a practice game with the Florida Marlins.

"I'm excited to get back on the field a little bit," Piazza said. "They're very serious about trying to grow the game in Italy, and I played for the World Classic team in '06."

"They're so eager to learn and there are not a lot of egos," he said. "Every time I say something, the eyes get big and it gets quiet. I'm like, `OK, they're really listening.' It's kind of funny."

Piazza, whose father is from Sicily, came to the United States at age 3, and Piazza said he speaks a little Italian.

The 40-year-old Piazza and his wife are expecting their second child. He said he has no regrets about retirement.

"I knew it was time to move on," Piazza said. "I've got a baby now. I'm excited to be home and enjoy moments with my kid."

Garvey's Father Dies
The father of Dodgers legend Steve Garvey and a bus driver for the Dodgers in Vero Beach for a quarter century, Joe Garvey, passed away last weekend.

Joe Garvey was a Greyhound bus driver whose Dodgers Vero Beach assignment lasted from 1956 to 1981. That first spring Steve Garvey met the Boys of Summer -- Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Jim Gilliam, Carl Erskine and Walt Alston, who would later manage Garvey.

Garvey was also the bat boy for the next six springs.

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