Dodgers Sticking With Schmidt For Now

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are keeping Jason Schmidt in the rotation for now.

Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday that Schmidt would pitch Friday night at Atlanta. Schmidt allowed five runs in three-plus innings in his last outing and has given up eight runs on 10 hits in 10 1-3 innings.

The 36-year-old Schmidt is coming back from two shoulder operations that sidelined him all of last season and most of 2007. He's in the final season of a three-year, $47 million contract.

Schmidt got the go-ahead from Torre after a bullpen session Tuesday, although the manager said the session was just "OK."

The three-time All-Star won 17 games in 2003 and 18 in 2004 with the Giants. Schmidt finished second in Cy Young Award balloting in '03 and fourth in '04.