San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The Giants activated pitcher Jason Schmidt from the disabled list to start Friday's game against Los Angeles, but ended up on the losing end of a 3-2 decision.
Schmidt, on the DL with a sore throwing shoulder, didn't yield a hit until the sixth inning in his first start of the season. He surrendered two runs on three hits and three walks, striking out four.
The loss Friday was Schmidt's first in four career starts against LA at SBC Park.
Schmidt, who finished second to LA's Eric Gagne in the National League Cy Young Award voting last year, is coming off an incredible season. He racked up a career-best 17 wins (17-5), topped the National League with a 2.34 ERA and made his first appearance in the All Star game, which he started. He also had five complete games and three shutouts.
Schmidt then underwent surgery on his right elbow in October.
In a corresponding move Friday, San Francisco optioned pitcher Kevin Walker to Triple-A Fresno.