AP wrote:“We really needed to see how that ball was coming out of his hand,” manager Grady Little said. “Hopefully, he can continue feeling good. If he’s feeling good and ready to go, we feel confident we can put him out there for 90 pitches or so Tuesday. We know he’s going to compete, and we’ll see what happens.” ... With Schmidt back in the rotation, left-hander Mark Hendrickson returns to the bullpen after going 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 11 games, including eight starts
MLB.com wrote:"We feel like it has [returned], from what we're looking at," said Little. "He's got to get back in games to be sure, but he looks fine and he's excited."
Schmidt expressed confidence in his health coming off Wednesday's game in San Bernardino, where he struck out seven in six innings and allowed two hits.
"I'm feeling good, and when I'm feeling good, I can [throw] all day long," he said. "I came out of it good, felt fine the next day. I told them how I feel each day. I'm ready to pitch anywhere they tell me."
News: Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers' primary offseason pitching staff addition, will return from a nearly seven-week layoff because of an inflamed right shoulder to start Tuesday night in San Diego. The Dodgers made the decision to return Schmidt to their rotation after he threw six shutout innings Wednesday for Class-A Inland Empire in a rehabilitation start, then followed that with an impressive bullpen session Saturday in Pittsburgh. "We really needed to see how that ball was coming out of his hand," manager Grady Little said. "Hopefully, he can continue feeling good. If he's feeling good and ready to go, we feel confident we can put him out there for 90 pitches or so Tuesday. We know he's going to compete, and we'll see what happens."
Analysis: Little doesn't know if Schmidt's velocity will return immediately - the right-hander once threw in the mid-90 mph range, but was down from that earlier this season. "I think it will gradually come back, if he's feeling good," Little said. The 34-year-old Schmidt gave up two hits, walked one and struck out seven in his Class-A start Wednesday. Schmidt, who signed a three-year, $47 million contract during the offseason, was 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA in three starts for the Dodgers before being sidelined. When healthy, he is capable of being a Fantasy productive player. It appears safe to return him to lineups for Fantasy Week 10 (June 4-10). Schmidt is on track to be a two-start option right off the bat with a second start scheduled against the Blue Jays during the June 8-10 weekend.