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Torre: Schmidt's Velocity Is Down

Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre believes that pitcher Jason Schmidt's velocity is down after he made his third rehabilitation start on Monday night, according to The Los Angeles Daily News.

Torre went on to predict that Schmidt may not regain his normal velocity until sometime next season.

"I think we may not get the best of him until next year," Torre said. "(Until then), I think we'll just get what he is."

"It's more the quality. It's about movement. Velocity is important, but I think he can still pitch as long as he is capable of throwing 89-90 (mph) and keeping people off balance a little bit."

Via The Los Angeles Daily News

Jones To Have Knee Surgery

Andruw Jones will have knee surgery and will miss four to six weeks of action for the Dodgers, according to The Los Angeles Times.

He has struggled mightily this season after signing a $36 million deal with the team last offseason.

"Hopefully it will not only help him physically, but hopefully it will help his game," said GM Ned Colletti, who added that the team wasn't aware Jones had a damaged knee until last weekend. "Obviously through seven weeks it's been disappointing for him, for everybody involved."

"I don't make excuses," Jones said Friday. "I never thought it was going to be a big issue. But it got my attention this past week."

Via The Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Expected To Call Up Kershaw

The Dodgers are expected to call up top pitching prospect Clayton Kershaw this weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The left-hander could make his first major league start against St. Louis at home on Sunday.

He is currently pitching in Class AA Jacksonville, but an unnamed source confirmed the move will be made on Saturday.

Kershaw was a first-round pick of the Dodgers two years ago.

Via The Los Angeles Times

Andruw Jones Hopes To Avoid Surgery

Dodgers outfielder Andruw Jones is hoping to avoid surgery on his troublesome right knee, according to The Los Angeles Times.

He revealed that his swollen knee felt "much better" on Tuesday and that he remained hopeful that he could avoid surgery to repair torn cartilage and remove a cyst.

The procedure would sideline him for four-to-six weeks.

"I had it for a little while, really," Jones said, though he refused to specify when his knee started to bother him.

Via The Los Angeles Times

Piazza Announces Retirement

Mike Piazza is retiring following a 16-year career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in MLB history, as reported by the Associated Press.

?After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it is time to start a new chapter in my life,? he said in a statement released Tuesday by his agent, Dan Lozano. ?It has been an amazing journey ? So today, I walk away with no regrets.

?I knew this day was coming and over the last two years. I started to make my peace with it. I gave it my all and left everything on the field.?

Via AP

Dodgers May 2008 Archive